Our mindset is the attitude towards ourselves and others and influences our behaviour, thoughts and goal attainment. Balance your attitude towards upholding high-performance standards, while equally learning from your mistakes. It’s not always easy to accept setbacks that may have a cost implication, but we need to embrace them as part of the learning process when they will enhance quality or efficiency in the long run. Incorporate the phrase: “We are not there YET” which brings in the philosophy of continuous innovation, making improvements, taking risks and moving forward.
4. Take Ownership of Change
Mahatma Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to see.” In a leadership role, you are the conduit through which change flows because you instigate it. This means that you must be comfortable with the fluidity of change and embrace the fact that things at work will change from week to week. To assist you in that process, start by spotting the opportunity and positive forward movement that the change will bring. Likewise, see what potential hindrances may arise and how you collectively can overcome these or nd a better solution.
5. Focus on Others’ Strengths
Focusing on strengths is new in leadership and might still be questioned by some sceptics. We have been trained to focus on our weaknesses and to develop those. However, our strengths are what ensure that we repetitively perform near-perfect work as these come naturally to us and are effortless actions. As a start, a Meaningful Leader should be able to articulate what they are innately good at, being clear about what makes them unique. Once you have done it for yourself, start to see what each team member brings to the table. You can even go a step further and acknowledge the person for the strength. That’s a bonus of appreciation and strengths-spotting.
6. Embrace Work-life Balance
With the pace of the current working world, managing a healthy work-life balance is becoming a challenge for many people. We are always connected to our work on our phones, laptops and social media; some people even receive their emails on their watches! Our mind seldom rests and we are always thinking of work outside of working hours. As a Meaningful Leader, you set the tone and need to be the primary example that balancing work and life is very important. People who have had a decent night’s rest come to work feeling energised and ready to perform. Consider this when sending or responding to emails. Exercise regularly, let your team see you taking regular breaks throughout the day, and question people who are continuously working late. Encourage people to take their leave without being contactable or responding to emails. You have to set the tone here.
Regardless of whether you are a new or seasoned leader, these 12 traits are recommended for you to embrace and apply. Leading means managing yourself and your team and very little about your technical skills, albeit that they are most likely how you got this far. Become a leader that your team can approach freely and talk to openly, be seen walking the floor and take time to hear and feel the heartbeat of your team.