Ask yourself a question: As a leader, what are you pretending not to know?
This week’s Fierce tip is about taking a hard look at your team, your organization, and yourself. Out the truths that are there and are being ignored.
Being in a leadership role allows you to see multiple competing realities. Successful leaders take the time to constantly survey their surroundings and make sure they are acknowledging other points of view that exist. This means going beyond your comfort zone and having conversations about views that may not match yours.
For example, as a leader you may be aware that members of your team hold a very different perspective than you about an important issue facing your organization. Perhaps the topic is heated and brings out an emotional response in everyone. To deescalate the situation, your instinct may be to ignore their point of view or talk around the issue rather than bringing up the topic outright.
Acknowledging what everyone is actively avoiding takes courage. As someone in a leadership position, you must choose to surface these topics whether they directly impact you or not.
What’s the reward of this type of leadership? You will create an engaged and more productive workforce, and in turn, an organization that is constantly growing.