Being “present” is a big challenge for most executives and many are failing to see the consequences of not being present in terms of their impact on others and their relationships.
As executive developers at PPI we are often engaged in discussions around the characteristics of good leadership. Most of us will know that in recent years there has been a huge debate around how leadership is supposedly changing. We have all been urged by many gurus, writers and commentators to consider that leadership is becoming much more “collaborative and distributed.” Technology and social networking have been key to driving this notion. We have been constantly advised that old style “command and control” is being assigned to the trash can.
Being true to others involves providing a psychologically safe environment, facilitating upward communication, giving performance feedback, and helping people to grow through delegation and coaching.
Be true to yourself means finding out about your blind spots and unknown areas of potential through feedback, validated psychometric tools, connecting with your values, and then challenging your habits to do something about it.