Lately, I’ve been supporting leadership teams comprised of people who:
- Have decades of experience
- Are technically brilliant, and
- Have hearts that care deeply about those with whom they work and lead
Despite the stellar business results that provide clear evidence these teams are effective, many people on these teams state: “Our approach is not sustainable. We can’t keep succeeding on the backs of our people. They’re at a breaking point.”
If every action has an equal and opposite reaction, then the response to a pandemic is extreme human activity. Many of us now operate under sustained and extreme emotion and mental pressures.
Those who are fortunate to be employed have found themselves working harder and faster to either seize new business – or stay in business.
It’s easy to understand, therefore, that certain leadership muscles which are exercised under normal circumstances have begun to atrophy. One can’t be blamed – the atrophy is logical: You can’t develop body strength while consistently gorging at a table or while lying sick in bed.
The future, however, belongs to those with collaborative leadership strength. A return to certain leadership fundamentals is critical for long-term health. Here are some of the questions we’re asking hig-performing teams:
- What’s our purpose as a team? Reminder: Clarity of purpose gives us a sense of meaning – which is an antidote for emotional fatigue.
- Why is it important to us personally to deliver on our purpose? Reminder: Beware the corporate speak; your intrinsic and emotional “why” is your greatest asset.
- How do we measure success – both with metrics AND in daily experiences? Reminder: Straying too far from our values leaves us vulnerable to the swirl of distractions.
- To succeed, what are the principles (the specific behaviors) to which we’ll be accountable to modeling every day? Reminder: Values that aren’t operationalized are value-less.
There is no elixir or potion for creating instant health. Muscles must be exercised and disciplines practiced.
Are you doing the leadership work required to take your team into the distant future?