It's brilliant having the Executive Presence for Next Generation Executives program underway with the Monash Business School.
At the heart of this program is building self-leadership and congruence. By this I mean how you think, act, speak and look are aligned and signal self-assurance. This internal alignment is more important than ever as leaders usher their organisations through this season of massive upheaval.
A highlight for me on this program is the diverse and generous group of professionals we have with us on this learning journey. They span many sectors including aviation, renewable energy, tertiary education, the financial sector and food.
We are two weeks into the 6-week program and we have so rich content still to explore including commanding the room, energy management and presenting with power. Every session features practical tools and techniques that can be immediately put into action by these busy professionals.
A recent study confirms that the more empathic you are as a leader the more susceptible you are to 'catching' your team's emotional exhaustion.
This is called the crossover, according to the paper What About the Leader: Crossover of Emotional Exhaustion and Work Engagement From Followers to Leaders?
"Leaders’ who consider themselves to be particularly competent in the emotional area pay more attention to emotional expressions of their staff, are more likely to detect negative emotions, and are, in turn, more likely to experience negative emotions themselves. "*
These findings remind us of the complex emotional and psychological feedback loops that exist within our teams. We know that leaders influence the wellness and engagement of their teams and, in turn, team members can affect a leaders' wellbeing at work.
This report builds the case for strengthening your people's coping skills and emotional fortitude, as...
Are you running on empty? I don't mean you just need a decent nights sleep or two, rather do you have a deeper sense of exhaustion or fatigue? We are pre-occupied by your energy levels at Leadium and for good reason. Energy management and vitality are foundational to performance and life satisfaction.
I was delighted to be interviewed by seasoned HR professional Melissa McGowan recently and we explored the science of stamina. Melissa has over twenty years of experience and cumulative wisdom leading People and Culture teams. She has recently launched her inspiring Go To Grow podcast featuring wide-reaching interviews spanning the growth offered by parenting, inclusive workplaces, living with breast cancer and the power of moving. Melissa and I had a highly relevant conversation on growing mental stamina at work and it's implications for every busy professional. Some of the topics we cover include:
Exhausted by imagined threats
One aspect of the brain's negativity bias is that we tend to overestimate threats and over-learn from difficult experiences. Left unchecked, this default habit of mind can be highly corrosive and depleting. It also results in us regularly misperceiving reality, which is far from ideal.
Rebalancing your brain
We explore this fascinating topic in our Expert Insight podcast with respected Neuro-psychologist Dr Rick Hanson. In this episode on Hardwiring Resilience, we decode why the brain is tilted to the negative and we explore simple yet very powerful strategies to rebalance the brain. We are huge fans of Rick's work (and his many books) and we encourage you to listen to his wisdom and insights.
We should mention that you need to subscribe to Leadium to access our library of podcasts. It's well worth it!
Partnership with the Clean Energy Council
Leadium is delighted to partner with the peak body, the Clean Energy Council to support their members to communicate more skilfully while working remotely.
With an unprecedented number of people working remotely, communication has moved from face-to-face to mostly video conferencing. This brings its own set of challenges. Without the usual in-person cues and clues, sharing ideas, making tough decisions and driving change can be difficult. It’s harder to stay focused, claiming airtime can be tricky and miscommunication is more common.
High Impact Virtual Communications webinar
The Clean Energy Council's Women in Renewables program is supporting their members during this challenging time and are inviting both men and women to come and learn from Leadium Director, Sharon Longridge.
Sharon will be facilitating an insightful and practical webinar that will support members to sharpen their virtual...
Many seasoned leaders rely on their 'gut feeling' when making high-risk, high stakes decisions. Contemporary science now understands that there is a 'hidden sense' behind this intuition. Leadium's Sharon Longridge interviewed Dr Kelly Mahler on how the 'embodied mind' impacts many facets of leadership, including decision making.
The modern world is impressively uncertain and complex. While we might have "prediction addiction" as Margaret Heffernan says in her latest book Unchartered: How to Map the Future Together we can't rely on exhaustive data analysis, AI or machine learning to accurately forecast the future1. The reality is that history doesn't always repeat itself so decision-making can't rely solely on logic, analysis, modelling or past events.
Fortunately, we are equipped with an ever-present, yet little discussed sensory tool to help us navigate life's complexity. Research, author and Occupational Therapist Dr Kelly Mahler says...
This Covid-19 lockdown is tough.
Have you had moments recently where it seems your best self is hiding in a cupboard? With the blurred boundary between your personal and professional life, are you finding it difficult to know when you've done enough work? Perhaps finding time to do any focused work is frustratingly elusive. There has been a mix of all of the above at my place, writes Sharon Longridge.
While many of us can recognise some of the upsides of the lockdown - slowing down, meeting more neighbours and for the lucky people, exercising more - let's not gloss over the layered and widespread costs and hardships of this constrained reality.
How are you really coping?
The Covid-19 lockdown has triggered the 'trinity of stressors' for countless people around the world. That is a disconcerting mix of uncertainty and loss of control plus novelty (we've not done this before). Therefore it's understandable if you, your family or your team members...
Over the last few years, I've been showcasing Jacinda Ardern as an exemplary leader in my various executive presence programs, including at the Monash Business School.
Time and again, Ardern articulates a clear message with just the right mix of authority, humanity and believability. This is a critical skill that eludes so many politicians the world over.
I was so impressed when she recently did a 'check-in' video call to her nation. From the confines of her home, straight after putting her toddler to bed, wearing her comfy house clothes she; explained why the strict lockdown was so crucial, acknowledged it was really tough, clearly explained the data, reassured her people and then closed with her powerful key message "stay home, break the chain, save lives".
This was stripped back, authentic leadership in action. It was as real as it gets, no-pretence, no...