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.
At BlessingWhite we believe that each level of leadership brings unique challenges and opportunities.
At BlessingWhite we believe strong leaders are able to successfully balance two essential qualities – competence and connection.
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.
BlessingWhite is proud to spotlight the work done in partnership with two of our clients – work that resulted in two recent 2016 Brandon Hall awards. In innovative leadership development and advance in employee engagement.
Without a strong middle, organizations will fail. And yet, organizations often do not spend budget or energy on developing it. There seems to be an assumption that a leader who achieves that position already has what they need to succeed, when in fact that is most often just wishful thinking.
Compassion is one of the most underrated leadership qualities today. It can propel motivation, performance, devotion and learning in profound ways. Compassionate leaders inspire people with purpose, hope, optimism and energy because, by nature of compassion, they resonate, empathize and connect more with others.