Being present for your people is a vital leadership quality and incredibly important in these difficult times. But it’s way too easy for leaders to get trapped behind busy schedules or to give out signals that what they are doing is far more important.
When our people are worried its essential that we over communicate and work hard to share our thoughts and plans. At Breathe we’re using video meetings to keep the culture alive and ensure everyone feels supported. We’ve stepped up the number of companywide meetings, team stand-ups and 1-1 check-ins so that everyone gets to hear what is going on and has a voice.
However you go about it, when someone raises a concern there’s never an excuse for not responding or making time to talk it through. However it comes in, quick chats, emails, calls or messages, they all need responding to.
Sound like a lot of work? Well that’s just part of the job description for a true leader. But it can also be the most rewarding part of the job.