It’s an absolute win-win and it’s a very simple practical tool to use.

Hi there and welcome. It’s Kerstin Jatho here, a transformational coach who focuses on shifting people from languishing to flourishing.

In this video, I want to impart with you how to become an effective leader using the four L model. Right now, leaders are in the trenches with their team. However, being there too long, one loses perspective as one sees all the operational things and leaders, if they want to be effective, have to take a step back and also remember to look at the strategy and the bigger picture.

So, it’s really bringing in that combination of being on the field and then going back and collaborating and looking at where we want to go. The four L model that I want to introduce to you is going to help you to do this. So, the four hour stands for what do you, as a leader on your tasks love doing? what have you learned? What do you like doing? And what do you loathe doing?

This exercise looks better and works better when doing it visually. Take a piece of paper and draw four quadrants on it. On the top, write “What do you loathe doing?” and “What do you long to do?” At the bottom. “What do you love to do?” and “What have you learned?” Then spend some time working through all of those items.

The top ones are really important. What do you loathe doing and what are you longing to do as a leader, but never get around to do? Those two components should be removed or minimised so that you have more items showing learned and loved.

Hence, it’s thinking about how can you share them with your team or pass them on to your team. Is there somebody else in your team who likes doing that? Who’s better at doing that? Or can you delegate that. Once you’ve completed the activity, share it with your team and see how they can assist you to be a more effective leader by removing the items that are not working.

Second step also is to encourage your team to do the same for themselves individually, because in this hybrid workplace, it is very likely that tasks that your team are doing are going to be shuffled around.

Things are not anymore as they used to be. This process helps you as a leader to be working well in the trenches, as well as stepping away. It increases your effective leadership skills and it increases communication with your team plus collaboration. It’s an absolute win-win and it’s a very simple and practical tool to use. Enjoy applying it.

Thank you for listening. I look forward to connecting with you in the next one.

Over to you for sharing your comments and experiences.

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About the Author: Kerstin Jatho

Kerstin is the senior transformational coach and team development facilitator for 4Seeds Consulting. She is also the author of Growing Butterfly Wings, a book on applying positive psychology principles during a lengthy recovery. Her passion is to develop people-centred organisations where people thrive and achieve their potential in the workplace. You can find Kerstin on LinkedIn, Soundcloud, YouTube and Facebook.

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