“We are all in the business of getting better. We are always looking at getting better at how we lead ourselves and those around us.”
Sally Storey, TLH Transformation Partner
TLH Transformation Partner, Sally Storey, wanted to share some performance fuel with you.
Whilst there are many leadership mantras and much information available on what makes a great leader, our TLH belief is that confidence is a core component. As someone who has led teams and functions across multiple geographies over the course of 25 years, and who herself has experienced many different leadership styles, Sally believes that better people leadership can be supported with the following:
1. Be celebratory
Recognise success so that people know what better looks like.
Focus on both the what and the how to build positive habits. Recognising those ‘leadership high’ moments, both big and small, are good dopamine hits for the brain and fuel confidence.
2. Be challenging
Call it when it is not working, don’t hide behind issues.
Take the challenge. Change course if needed, even if that is difficult. Muscles grow through challenge; without it they atrophy and weaken.
3. Be curious
Keep the question ‘How do we know?’ front of mind always.
Consider what information are you willing to accept at face value and where you need to delve deeper. Sally always remembers the words of a former boss who said that “you get what you inspect” because we are what we attend to.
4. Be aware you are only as good as your team
Hire, train and develop people to be the best they can be. Fuel their confidence by allowing them to lead. Ensure that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. It’s all about WeGo not Ego.
5. Be a “Supporter Leader”
Do you ask for change/action and then inadvertently block it? Or do you regularly ask your team “what can I do to help?” Being human and empathic builds trust.