Blessing White’s ongoing research underscores this: in 360 feedback data collected for thousands of managers and executives, the majority of leaders get higher ratings on the competence items than on the connection items. The leaders who were rated highest overall were not the ones who scored highest in the competence Items, but rather, the ones scoring highest in the connection items.
It’s important to remind ourselves that the need for competence and connection does not disappear with the rise of digital leadership. In fact, it becomes even more critical. Great digital leaders will do what great leaders have been able to figure out for years—how to connect with the mind and lead with the heart.
In our rapidly changing world, the ability to adapt and change is critical. To help us change we innovate to ensure our businesses are competitive, sustainable and relevant. But it’s not enough to have one great idea. A key ingredient to attaining these goals is to cultivate a culture of innovation
The zone is that place of high productivity – when everything else around you falls away and you are extremely focused on the task at hand. From a work perspective, we think about that zone as a place of high engagement and we believe that when you are there, you are not only highly productive but also highly satisfied personally.
Each of us has several values, and when one or more of them are not being satisfied, we are (sometimes unknowingly) unhappy. What it all boils down to is this: In the context of feeling fulfilled in our careers, are we working for spare change or are we making a true investment in our lives?
With the busy holiday season upon us, it is easy to get caught up in the long list of things that must be accomplished in order to make your celebration a success. Amidst the hustle-and-bustle of the season, it can be hard to step out of all that needs to be done and capture the magic of the season—to find a moment to truly connect and be present with friends and family. This ability to accomplish, to be competent, while balancing the desire to connect with others in meaningful ways repeats itself in the daily challenges of leaders. The reminder for us to balance both “getting it done” with “finding the magic” during the holiday season is something good leaders strive for every day of the year.
This article is an excerpt from Catalyst’s recent report, “The Day-To-Day Experiences of Workplace Inclusion and Exclusion,” which focuses, in part, on the effects of exclusion and, more importantly, what leaders can do and say to turn-the-tide. Catalyst is a non-profit organization and BlessingWhite partner, dedicated to creating workplaces where people representing every dimension of diversity can thrive.