Karen Light is the brilliant creative mind behind HowDoodle which supports people in awaking their Inner Artist to create and lead their life and work through transformational doodle services, programs, and products.
She hosts a podcast (aka doodlecast!) on Youtube that features working with various folks on talking about – and doodling about – an assortment of topics like:
- Leadership Takes Strength and Creativity
- How to Live with Uncertainty
- How to Live and Work Well Alongside Invisible Illness
We dug deep into relational leadership in business and it was a really fun time…although I will keep my day job because I am not much of an artist (smile).
Here are some key points to relational leadership:
The Power of Authentic Connections
In relational leadership, the focus is on building authentic connections with team members. Gone are the days of solely task-oriented relationships; instead, leaders invest time and effort in understanding the aspirations, strengths, and challenges of their team members. By fostering open communication and empathy, they create an environment where individuals feel valued and supported.
Collaboration Over Competition
Relational leaders emphasize collaboration over competition. They believe that when team members work together towards a common goal, they can achieve more than when they are pitted against one another. By promoting a sense of unity and shared purpose, they encourage a harmonious and productive work atmosphere.
Nurturing Trust and Psychological Safety
Trust is the cornerstone of relational leadership. Leaders must consistently demonstrate trustworthiness, transparency, and integrity to earn the trust of their team members. Moreover, they actively cultivate psychological safety, allowing employees to take risks, share ideas, and learn from mistakes without fear of retribution.
Effective Communication and Active Listening
Relational leaders prioritize effective communication and active listening. They understand that clear and open communication is essential for the success of any organization. By actively listening to their team members’ concerns and feedback, they show respect and promote a culture of inclusivity.
Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion
In relational leadership, diversity is celebrated and inclusion is prioritized. Leaders recognize the value of diverse perspectives and actively seek input from individuals with varying backgrounds and experiences. They create an environment where everyone feels welcome and empowered to contribute.
Conflict Resolution with Sensitivity
Conflicts are inevitable in any workplace, but relational leaders address them with sensitivity and compassion. They mediate disputes, encourage dialogue, and seek win-win solutions, fostering a culture of understanding and cooperation.
Balancing Professionalism and Empathy
Relational leaders strike a balance between professionalism and empathy. While they maintain high standards and expectations, they also recognize that their team members are humans with emotions and personal lives. This balanced approach promotes a healthy work-life integration.
By prioritizing authentic connections, trust, collaboration, and effective communication, leaders can build strong, cohesive teams that drive organizational success. This leadership style brings out the best in individuals and helps them achieve their full potential while contributing to a positive and productive workplace culture.
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