Today I read the below post by Marillyn Hewson, Chief Executive Officer and President at Lockheed Martin, and felt good within. I felt ecstatic about someone somewhere thinking in in similar lines as me and reinforced my belief that I am on the right path.
This reiterates one of the strong values I espouse in my life that is building trust with one’s team and being open with them. Going one step further, I personally believe that one should be open with one’s team regarding failures as well. This surely makes you stronger in the eyes of your team members as only the weak hide things.
Power of handshake or taking out two extra minutes to listen to your employees creates such a bond which propels your team to rise above the occasion when needed to tide over a difficult situation. This should not be misconstrued to plan to be cordial to get your work done rather being sincere to acknowledge a good deed which creates the personality or character of the team. The character is the determining factor and not the other way round.
While, practicing some or all of these principles, energize the peer level or the team under you, the possibility to experience a favorable response gets slimmer when applied upwards. Your boss, wanting you to be a go getter, might not tolerate the follies and foibles in the name of being “honest” and your career gets jeopardized. There are enough senior leadership personalities I have observed who stop short of getting introduced to the team below a certain level just to maintain the hierarchy and thereby fail to win the hearts of the people at every level.
The post, coming from such a senior leader, is quite refreshing and inspirational.
What is your thought?