We cannot ignore the fact that people look to their leaders for hope and confidence. This has become more pronounced with the increased level of uncertainty that comes with job losses, reduced workweek and in some instances, the associated salary cuts precipitated by the loss of revenue-generating business due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Unfortunately, you find in many organisations, those who occupy leadership positions being short-sighted and occupied with their self-serving interests. Their self-interests trump the bigger goal of leaving the organisations better than they found it.
These are leaders who are pretenders hiding behind the power that comes with complicated position titles.
It is not the good quality of leadership to add to the misery and challenges that people are already beset with. It does not help to add to the troubles that people do not have control over.
Your role is to restore confidence and help people believe in themselves so that they can pull through the challenges they are faced with.
It is time for true and great leaders to emerge to restore hope and give people a heightened sense of self-belief.
“Accelerate leadership and decelerate management” – Buyane Zwane
Here are principles that you need to lead people and restore their confidence:
#1. Respect people: It takes respect to acknowledge that as a leader, you are working with people and not things. Once you change that perspective, you will understand that people are independent thinkers who do not have to be told what to do, how to do it and when to do it.
#2. Provide direction: No individual works effectively in the dark where goalposts change frequently. People need clarity of vision and direction. Ken Poirot says that “Leadership is the vision to provide direction and the strength of character to attract others who carry it out”. People can only carry out effectively what they understand and buy into.
#3. Listen: Stephen Covey once said that” most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply”. You can only restore confidence in others if you listen with the intent to understand. In this way, people feel that they are heard, and in the end, they give their ideas freely and as a leader, you gain commitment and buy-in.
#4. Enable and empower: You cannot be the obstacle as a leader, instead you need to remove the obstacles to allow individuals to do what they are required to do. This includes the provision of resources and facilitating access to people who can assist individuals with their growth trajectory
Leading effectively is all about putting people first, restoring their confidence and creating a sustainable future for you and them.
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