The energy that leaders bring into the organisation cannot be underestimated. This is because the state of your organisation is the reflection of the personal consciousness of those given the opportunity and authority to lead. The values leaders espouse and the behaviours they manifest should match the frequency of the reality they want so that they can create the climate they want.
Remember that energy follows intention. As a leader, you better get your intention right because the energy you generate has a ripple effect on every level of the organisation. The frequency the leaders tune into can create either survival or a thriving environment.
In a survival environment, leaders push their ideas, views and perspectives down the throat of employees hoping that employees will wake up one day to see through the eyes of the leaders. Such leaders believe that employees cannot think for themselves and should be told what to do.
Meetings become battlegrounds to exert superiority and the quest to trample on others. Employees walk on eggshells fearing to be on the wrong side of the written or unwritten rules. Employees take it one day at a time and look forward to the end of the week and hope the following week will also come and pass.
There is no way that creativity and innovation can flourish in such an environment. Such leaders act surprised when results are not forthcoming. They are oblivious to the fact that they generate negative energy that suppresses the flow of ideas.
Employees are always prepared and willing to give their best when they are given the authority and space to do what they are hired to do. This can only happen in a thriving environment where leaders live the values and ethos of the organisation. When employees feel respected and given the authority to do what they are capable of, they feel inspired to go beyond the call of duty.
Values are the heartbeat of an organisation and when leaders make value-based decisions, they infuse positive energy to every facet of the organisation. Communication tends to be two-way and accommodates suggestions and different perspectives from employees.
Learning through trial and error is encouraged and feedback is used to build and to shape employees to do better. With this energy created, employees are willing to execute and achieve the goals of the organisation.
In the book Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs, Daniel P Amos, the CEO of AFLAC, drives this point home:
“Our employees know that we listen to and value their ideas, no matter how foreign they may seem to us at first. As a result, our employees extend the same courtesy to our customers. By appreciating the different viewpoints of our employees and customers, we have developed stronger products, new customers, and long-term relationships with policyholders.”
We know that the opposite is also true when it comes to how you treat your employees.
Energy is contagious, period!
Infuse negative energy that is what you will get, an organisation that breathes through the wound and barely making ends meet. Infuse vibrant energy, your organisation will be moved to greater heights and you will exceed your expectations in the most remarkable way.
In the final analysis, the current state of your organisation is not coincidental, it is the outcome of the choices your leaders exercise.
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