THE LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP - VOWELS - U
This is the final installment of The Language of Leadership. An exploration of the words we use to express our leadership. It’s a simple game yielding responses from people in my extended network.
U is the final vowel to put under the spotlight, although we’ve previously explored U with the three keys words: us, united and understanding, it deserves more attention.
Yesterday, I worked at a company interviewing several staff who are members of, what appears to be, sadly, a dysfunctional team. There was no unity, there was no ‘us’, it was an ‘us & them’ and the manager had no understanding of the impact of his style (of managing – leadership was an unknown) was having his staff. It will prove to be a great case study!
In leadership, we may feel the heat and feel uncomfortable at times – generally we’re in the stretch zone, being tested and learning how to approach or cope with new information. Or, like yesterday, people felt uncomfortable with other people’s behaviour; it wasn’t like their own, their high standards or their ethics – this was causing them angst, anxiety, and their involvement in the breakdown of the team unity.
We need to feel uncomfortable at times – it’s our brain and body telling us that we’re in unfamiliar or uncharted waters. However, we should never allow our team to feel uncomfortable in our presence and with the way we take the lead.
So, that’s a wrap. It’s over to you now to upload your reading into your thinking. I hope that this daily exercise has stretched your mind, your heart and your appetite to adapt your leadership vocabulary and practice.