As leaders, we often focus downward – that is, on our leadership of those who report to us. At times, we forget to look left and right.
Ever hear the saying, “Be a little nicer, as everyone is going through SOMETHING”? Try not to overlook your leadership responsibilities among your peers. We may forget the challenges they face in favor of our own challenges. We may be less understanding, more judgmental, or not as supportive, because we believe our peers should operate at the same capacity and have the same focus as our own. Key leadership skills such as listening, communication, expectation setting, feedback, support, and understanding are just as important for the leader you work with as it is for those who report to you.
Why not reach out to a colleague and see what’s needed today?
– Janice Pollard and Jackie Trepanier