Today I would like to share a bit on Leadership.
Currently I am going through my MBA course, Organizational Behaviour.
I believe taking MBA will greatly help me improving myself so that I can be a better leader, and help us to improve our company to greater heights.
I decide to start writing about the course(s) that I take throughout this MBA program so that it can become a way for me to write again the things that I read, and learned – It helps me to understand the materials more and how to apply it in real life situations. I will also share some of my experiences from time to time as well. And hopefully some of the knowledge and sharing will also be able to help you as well.
Team is the most valuable resource a leader has.
One of the most importact aspect of a leader is to manage the energy, outlook, engagement and cohesion of your team.
With these qualities, you and the team will become stronger and more resilient to achieve your goals and overcome the challenges.
So now, let’s look at the energy. It’s easier to work with a team full of energy than those who have less energy such as less motivation.
What are the main forces that affect the most on team’s energy? Today, I will share two of the main forces. Insya Allah, I will share more in the next post(s).
- Your energy as the leader
You yourself need to have the energy in order for your team to have the energy. Build your energy and grit so that your teammates can see how energized you are and be more motivated too. Demotivated leaders will also bred demotivated team.
I have been in situations where I myself became demotivated and weak. It’s very stressful for myself, and possibly more stressful for my teammates as well. I tried hard to mask my tiredness and lack of motivation – but that also becomes stressful for me as I had to act unnaturally – which is going against my emotional state at that point of time.
However, it’s very important to manage your energy and emotions too. This is one of the things I need to learn and improve myself as well.
So, what to do in this situation? Different people may have different ways to overcome the challenges. Sometimes I will take a break or holiday leave, so that I can get a way a bit to re-energize. However, most of the time if I have too much on my plate, I am unable to turn my brain off – so what I do is, I try to find a change of environment by doing my work somewhere else besides my normal workstation.
What would you do in this situation? Please share with us =)
2. Constant Communication
Next, miscommunication or lack of communication will also impact of the team’s energy. This is especially a delicate matter due to the needs of communication may differ from one person to another.
Some may need more communications and some may need less. Some people may treat more communications as something annoying, but some may treat lack of communication as not caring enough towards them.
Especially now that many of us are working from home due to the pandemic, this has become bigger issue across many different teams.
I myself faced this issue as well. This is something I try to constantly learn, but this is also the area I regularly failed. Some people may feel I communicated too much and may be tired of answering my phone calls and emails. But some people may feel I communicated way less, and they felt being left out. It’s a delicate balance which I am still trying to work on.
For you, what are the amount of communications that you think is good?
Hope to hear some sharing from you too so that we can help improve each other and better ourselves in overcoming the challenges.