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Seeing Self,

Others and Life

through

a Clearer Lens

 

 In a recent poll, I discovered that as leaders we want to be more

non-judgmental, more confident and more compassionate.

 

We want to think more strategically

and better understand the needs and motivations

of each of our team members.

 

And we need more clarity and coaching from our own managers.

 

 

 

Creating diverse, inclusive and equitable workplaces 

 

In my 20 years of working with leaders at all levels, supporting them to develop their emotional intelligence, and embedding new world thinking around HR systems such as performance management and succession planning, I have found that non-judgment is the key, and our greatest challenge as leaders.

When we judge, we bring our opinion into our thinking, and opinion is not fact.  It is usually based on our early and sub-conscious programming, and often outdated values that create unconscious bias.

Being judgmental about ourselves and about others impacts our ability to be compassionate, strategic and accountable.

When we lack compassion, we close our minds to people's needs, value, potential or ideas, we can come across as uncaring, disrespectful, or out of touch, and it creates a wall that keeps the team separate.

Thinking strategically requires an open mind and is an essential leadership capability.  When our mind is fixed and therefore closed, we will not be open to all the possibilities available which will prevent us from seeing the full, big picture and possible solutions hidden from view.

Being accountable means we are taking full responsibility for our outcomes, our behaviours and our impacts.  This means we do not blame anyone else for what is happening but look to ourselves to determine the part we played in creating whatever is undesirable.

This is why non-judgment is the new leadership capability.

 

Trust and respect occur when non-judgment is present.

 

Trust and respect occur when a leader truly understands that being a leader is a privileged position that holds a great amount of power, and that leader works with this power for the benefit of every single stakeholder. This requires not just a deep connection to one's own purpose and following through with right action, but also an unshakeable belief and value in others and their capabilities.  It is driven by a deep recognition that leadership is a privilege.

Non-judgment shows up in an organization when there is alignment throughout the organization: leaders show up consistently in service of their people, at every level; the people processes are built to eliminate unconscious bias and to focus on the unique value the individual is contributing; and employees recognize the part they must play in showing up as owners not victims, valuing their own potential while supporting others to achieve theirs.

  

Emotional intelligence is key

 

I work with a new level of emotional intelligence that builds non-judgment, essential for creating an environment where people feel valued and included, unconscious bias is minimized, and leaders support people to do their best work by recognizing that leadership is a privilege.