As we enter what may be yet another challenging year, strong leadership is more important than ever.

Strong leaders encourage resilience, make employees feel appreciated, and show compassion for their team. In difficult times, leaders can help keep teams calm and employees on-task.

Have you made resolutions to improve your leadership skills? As a starting point, here are three resolutions you can take into 2021 and beyond.

1.     Nurture Your Personal Resilience

If 2021 has taught us anything, it’s the importance of resilience. Resilience allows us to meet and recover from disruption, adversity, and setbacks. It makes us better leaders.

Leaders have a responsibility to cultivate resilience in themselves and their team members’ resilience to reduce stress, sustain energy, and boost performance.

When confronted with a stressful event, focus on your reaction to the event vs. the event itself. Consider:

  • Are you aware and in control of your emotions (Emotional Intelligence)?
  • What are your stress trigger points?
  • What relaxes you?
  • What are your coping mechanisms? Are they healthy?
  • How can you structure your life and work in a way that makes you feel positive and calm?
  • What daily practices and habits can you implement to help you move through adversity more skillfully?

2.     Cultivate a Culture of Gratitude

Research has shown that gratitude interventions can decrease rudeness, gossip, and ostracism at work. Gratitude can also boost employee well-being and performance.

Leaders must be role models. If you want to cultivate a culture of gratitude, it starts with you.

How can you show daily gratitude and appreciation for your employees? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Write a personalized and sincere thank you note.
  • Create an appreciation wall, or a dedicated IM channel where employees are recognized and celebrated.
  • Or, create social proof. Start meetings with gratitude check-ins to show employees that you’re serious about including this in your workplace.

3.     Practice Compassion, Empathy and Understanding

2021 is likely going to be another challenging year. Team members may be feeling significant stress, exhaustion, and emotional burdens by the perceived lack of control. Practicing compassion, empathy, and understanding is one-way leaders can combat this and better understand the needs of their team.

Practicing empathy encourages leaders to:

  • Understand the cause of poor performance,
  • Help struggling employees improve and excel, and
  • Build and develop deep bonds of trust with employees.

It also helps leaders to:

  • Become more personable and accessible by taking the time to check-in with team members (professionally and personally),
  • Communicate openly about workplace problems and concerns,
  • Explore solutions together with the team, and
  • Move forward with confidence.

As we move into a new year, try these three resolutions to empower yourself and your team. Acknowledge the strength in your compassion, empathy, and gratitude. Whatever the year holds, being a strong leader will help keep your team calm and together.


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