Whether you are a parent, student, working remote and managing teams, laid-off and looking, or retired – you are leading. You are leading your own life. Self-leadership requires the same or similar thinking, skills and personality facets as any role we agree to invest in and be responsible for during the course of life. As we move forward utilize your power to create, think, speak, and develop leadership strategies for balancing your decisions and their impact. Consider how you are expanding upon your capabilities as a leader at this crucial time.
3Cs of Leadership
A simple way to approach and fortify your leadership is to apply the 3Cs of Leadership, which includes character, competency and communication.
This refers to your willingness to align and express your values. We demonstrate character through our choices. When we act, make decisions, and communicate in ways that foster trust we support collaboration. Trust is key. Simply put this means we need to consider: How we act or when we choose not to respond? How we contribute impacts our connection with people and the atmosphere surrounding our leadership presence. People take this in and eventually decide if we are trustable, or not. We also demonstrate what we value, which may tell the story of our character too. When we sustain authentic trust, we invest in elements needed to cultivate healthy, reliable relationships, which will also support productive collaboration.
Our willingness to learn is essential for developing expertise, knowledge, skills, and strategies. When we balance our competent perspective and include values, logic, facts, and creativity or innovation we are more equipped to design sustainable solutions. When we engage thoughtfulness and empathy with our expertise we are more able to support productive change. If we trust our competency and include respect it is more natural to listen, learn and act with discernment and let go of destructive opinions and nonproductive judgments. We become a “discerning” leader who fortifies trust rather than being overly evaluative and judgmental.
Stress levels and tone greatly impact leadership. This includes how and what we say, or do not say, and our capacity for listening to others as well as listening to ourselves. Timing is essential for effective communication. How we demonstrate that we are listening is a necessity today. It may require patience to educate, mentor and coach. This includes patience with our own process and learning. Our willingness to demonstrate authentic listening has never been more needed than at this time. Leadership is a commitment to be responsible for your communication and when necessary to let go if others are resisting or unable to “get it”. This requires patience, fortitude, and the ability to pivot for a time. The tremendous thing about communication is that we can keep the lines of communication open and endeavor to make a connection again.
Apply the 3Cs to fortify trust and collaborate with confidence.
Keeping the 3Cs of Leadership in the forefront of our consciousness is crucial. As we learn to balance and align these elements with care and respect, we open up new doors to support productive change. Think of it as an ongoing work in progress and a practice. Reflect on how you can apply the 3Cs in your daily life. Be sure to do so with kindness and grace, not just criticism or frustration with yourself and others. Many are struggling now and may not be aligned or collaborating with solid trust. Using these three elements to frame what you want to say and convey will prove to be beneficial. Consider how to apply the 3Cs to direct yourself, impart information, or create recommendations to share with collaborators in life and at work. Fortify your leadership with the 3Cs and maintain calm to navigate these unique times. Your creativity and leadership are needed in this world.
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