Leaders go beyond the surface

Leaders peel onions. Here’s what I mean. During a recent webinar training, the subject of communication came up. The distilled takeaway? You need to communicate more than you are right now. Now, the context and narrative around the takeaway was more detailed, but the gist was that we need to communicate more. Ok, got it. I need to communicate more. Next question: what does that mean? Unfortunately, the speaker had moved on to the next subject. And that (!) is the problem. As leaders many of us barf out some thing (like communicating more), but we don’t take enough time to peel the onion. What does more communication look like? What mediums do you suggest? How do we know if we are communicating enough? What does success look like? What is proper communication in this context? The bigger the topic, the harder it will be for a leader and a team member to get on the same page. For instance, we can agree on where to go for lunch quickly, but we may not be able to come to agreement as quickly on team strategy. Team strategy requires more discussion, more attention, etc. So, I encourage you in this way: Take the time to peel the onion. When you do you might experience a beautiful thing, alignment. #leadership

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on February 7, 2019

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