The key to a great leadership formula is being consistently engaged

I’ve been off lately. Out of sorts. Distracted. Disconnected. Struggling. Spiraling.

Call it what you will. It’s a buzz kill.

There is a lot of conversation these days about “employee engagement” and how low it is. We forget how that also includes folks in leadership positions.

Sure we’re leaders of self first, but anyone in a titled “leadership” position — from project managers to CEO’s — are just as human and therefore are just as vulnerable to negative forces in the workplace and in life as anyone else. However, it’s magnified because everyone else is watching everything their leaders are doing.

Leaders that may be less than fully engaged at work are likely to exhibit some of the behaviors below:

  • Doesn’t pay attention
  • Actions don’t match words
  • Self-serving agenda — all about them
  • No coaching or feedback/focuses on others’
  • No developmental support
  • Disrespectful
  • Micromanages
  • CYA style of leading (cover your a$$)
  • Not approachable
  • Won’t make a decision

On the other hand, leaders who are consistently engaged will show many of these more positive traits:

  • Supportive of others’ professional development
  • Treats others with respect at all times
  • Honest and authentic
  • Gives consistent feedback/coaching
  • Makes decisions in a timely manner
  • Pushes others out of their comfort zones
  • Doesn’t throw anyone under the bus when they made a mistake
  • Acts as a mentor and teacher
  • Easy to approach
  • Gives others room to grow and learn

If your culture (at work and at home) supports and practices open dialog and coaching, show some leadership yourself and offer coaching to someone who may be struggling. Sometimes just having someone to talk to can make a difference. Remember, coaching should come from everywhere in an organization — and outside as well from great mentors and friends.

The key to a great leadership formula is being consistently engaged. But there will be trials and tribulations. There will be struggles.

What list are you on most of the time?

Take it from me — be on the better and brighter one.


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