“Share more of yourself with your team to help create psychological safety”
Sharing more of ourselves with our teams can help to build trust. I don’t think there is a single #leader that is absolutely confident in these #turbulenttimes. Some leaders might be used to #virtualworking, but they are not used to #lockdown, spending days without going out and all the emotions that go with having our freedom impaired and financial uncertainties.
Sharing some of the #emotions we are feeling with our teams will give them permission to do the same.
Sharing how we feel and asking our teams to share how they feel can be a powerful connector. As leaders, we need to engage our #empathy and become more #curious about the #teamdynamics around us.
It is an opportunity to invite everyone to have an opinion and to participate.
Using questions/phrases like:
I would love to hear more about that…
Could you elaborate, please?
Are there any other perspectives – I would value hearing them?
The lockdown gives us an opportunity to share where we are, ask more about feelings, listen carefully and provide a safe space to share.
Do you know how your team is feeling today?
Do you have other questions to open up the conversation?