by Mike Touhey, DLCC Coach
All aspects of the Thoughtfully Fit model apply to being an effective leader. For today I would like to focus on balance, agility and endurance.
BALANCE is one of the most critical behaviors that is demonstrated by successful leaders. It involves building harmony and strong trusted relationships throughout the organization. Relationships with direct reports serve as a foundation for working together and achieving the team’s objectives. By developing trust and respect, you can create an environment that allows a leader to coach their direct reports to help them grow and develop.
Building strong relationships with peers is also critical for a leader to be effective in the organization. These relationships can foster great collaboration on cross organizational initiatives and maximize the impact a leader can have on an organization by balancing the leaders’ wants and needs with their colleagues. Modeling this collaborative behavior can help achieve alignment and have a positive impact on the broader organization.
AGILITY is a critical leadership behavior to deal with the ambiguity, uncertainty, conflict and complexity that comes with being a leader. The levels of ambiguity and complexity continue to increase as a leader is promoted to higher levels of responsibility. Agility allows the leader to rapidly and effectively respond to unexpected changes in technology, market trends, competition, economic environment or regulatory changes that often create conflict and frustration.
ENDURANCE is a leader’s ability to be highly resilient during the most difficult periods of time. It is critical that the leader stays calm and displays confidence in the team or the organization’s ability to effectively deal with the challenges they are facing. The calmness, confidence and courage a leader displays when overcoming obstacles will set a positive tone for their team and the organization.