When we think of #leadership we don’t often think of leaders being vulnerable. Yet, vulnerability and openness are the foundation behind #authenticity and #trust. When leaders are vulnerable they show immense courage. The ability to have the courage to show yourself, rather than false bravado and ego. Courage to own your short-comings and responsibilities. Courage to be open to feedback, to learn and develop. I recently got to witness the courage vulnerability from a CEO in front of his senior leaders and waited to see what would happen. They banded around him and supported him, expressed care for him, showed empathy and created a deeper bond as a team. The team were in turn, inspired to show the courage of vulnerability and what ensured was deep reflection and genuine desire to improve and grow. We were witness to #EmotionalIntelligence in action and the very reason why I am so passionate about facilitating the #GENOS #Ignite program. The program gives space for genuine conversations to arise and the tools to enhance their leadership skills. Send me a message if you are #brave enough to find out more!
I walked into a training room that was filled with disgruntled, defensive and hurt employees. I had only been briefed moments before about the toxic culture and systematic bullying from senior management.
So, when I asked the question “what needs to happen when trust has been broken” it was a leap of faith. I knew what needed to be shared:
As a DV survivor (18 yrs) I know what it is like when trust is broken. I know that you need to build towards a NEW normal. You find the good in the world, develop a new mindset and practice Kintsukuroi on your soul. You can never Unbreak the broken but you can become bigger, better and more beautiful than ever before.
I give my everything to the work I do, It needed to be said. I made grown men cry, who came up and thanked me afterwards, for shining a light on hope.
This week I have a privilege of working with the executive #Leadership team of a multimillion dollar #retail success headquartered in Cairns. Yesterday, as I spoke of #mindfulness, I asked the question:
“How often, do you check in with your staff and ask them how they have contributed towards the organisational strategic plan in the past week/month?”
You see part of being a #MindfulLeader is being focused on the present, being able to see where we are HERE & NOW. If we don’t take the time to check that we, being everyone in the organisation is heading in the same direction how will we know when we need to guide & #engage team members back on course?
Totally addicted to BUSY
A Buddhist monk who was a senior member of His Holiness Dalai Lama’s contingent taught me a lesson I have never forgotten.
Given a private audience of 15 minutes with him, I graciously thanked him acknowledging how busy he must be. In that moment, he held my hand, looked me in the eye and said: “child, I am here with you, listening to you, seeing you, there is no busy.”