THE LEADERSHIP SURVEY RESULTS ARE IN
A recent LinkedIn survey I conducted showed that times are definitely changing in the space of leadership. We are so excited about the leadership movement and its interesting seeing the state of leadership here, in Australia and where we need to focus our efforts to improve things. Through the survey we discovered what needs to shift is the following:
- Losing the big egos 16%
- Losing the tall poppy syndrome 10%
- More collaboration and kindness 47%
- More women in leadership 26%
Let’s together see how we can create that shift and go through each aspect one by one!
KEEPING the EGO will highjack YOUR SUCCESS!
In a Training Industry news article, Angela Kambouris indicates that you can become an Impactful Leader, by “Stopping your ego from hijacking your success.” Ego in business is costing millions of dollars a year. Drama, unproductive thinking and disruptive behaviour permeate the fabric of our organisations. The word “ego” carries a lot of baggage. We often hear the associations – “She is on an ego trip,” “Where does he get off being so self-righteous, strutting around as if he owns the place?” and, my favourite, “She is too big for her boots.” Rarely have three letters evoked so much emotional drama.
It is a lot easier to see someone else’s ego than it is to see your own. The challenge is that the ego’s leading role is to generate drama. In her book “No Ego,” Cy Wakeman describes the ego as an “unreliable narrator” of your reality, taking pleasure in the drama it creates. In both business and life, the only power that circumstances have over you is the power you give them. Here are five ways to disarm your ego and start being an impactful leader:
- Leadership is not about inspiring others.
- Create a different reality.
- Leaders don’t manage people; they manage energy.
- Business requires courageous conversations.
- Gratitude becomes contagious.
When it comes to business, check your ego at the door. Park the emotion to the side, and approach a conversation with an intent to heal the situation. Your intention and choices dictate the nature of the conversation.
LOSE the TALL POPPY SYNDROME
Ashleigh Streeter, an award winning gender equality advocate and youth activist and indicated how she “Overcame the fear of the tall poppy syndrome” in a Women’s Agenda article. A few weeks ago, I woke up to some really wonderful news – I’d been named as one of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence. There was a range of emotions – excitement, overwhelm, embarrassment, shock and of course, there were tears (happy, I think!). But when those emotions settled, there was one feeling that remained: shame. Although I’d announced it on my Facebook and LinkedIn, I instantly began to dread the reactions of some friends and members of my community.
Tall poppy syndrome is a known phenomenon. It’s not new and impacts persons of all genders in a range of domains. You yourself might have experienced it. Have you ever shared a success – perhaps a project that went well at work, a promotion, an award or secured a new volunteer position – only to be met with an unkind or dismissive reaction? Seeking solace on the internet, I stumbled upon a report on this very topic. Written by CGU last year, the report had some interesting findings:
- 53% of Australians are ‘dreamers’, people who have considered starting a business or side hustle in the last 5 years
- 34% of us feel unable to act on our ambitions
- Only 6% of Australians have acted on their ambition and have started their own business or side hustle
More specifically, 68% of Australians believe that Australia has a culture of negativity towards ambition with nearly 7 in 10 Australians surveyed reporting they don’t talk about their ambitions for fear of being labelled a ‘bragger’. Given this finding, it’s no wonder so many of us are afraid of being the tall poppy. When there’s an expectation that we should all grow together, it doesn’t pay to stand out from the crowd. To be the one who’s doing the work that others wish they were doing. And while this culture impacts both men and women, it has a greater impact on women in a world that still isn’t comfortable with female success.
So, as successful ambitious women, what can we do to manage tall poppy syndrome? Chatting with a friend and mentor who’s kicked some wonderful goals in her career, I was given some great advice: reflect on your values and why you’re doing what you do. Awards and recognition are never at the front of our minds when we’re sending that umpteenth email, when we’re stressing about deadlines or how many people are going to turn up to our event. When we’re putting in all the work behind the scenes, the stuff that isn’t instagrammable and which makes up the foundation for the success.
We do those things because we’re driven by passion, by a greater sense of purpose, a want to contribute to our field or to give back to the community. And it’s not to say that it won’t still hurt if people don’t show up or don’t celebrate our wins with us. Of course it does. We’re only human. But, as much as possible, let’s remember why we started. Remember our vision. Surround ourselves with people who love and support us unconditionally.
Katy McQuaid, an author highlights how to make “Kindness Part of Your Leadership Style.” It takes courage to be a kind leader, especially if you are in an organization focused solely on the bottom line. It requires confidence, integrity and strength — and it ultimately does improve the bottom line. Kindness leads to employees’ feeling appreciated and connected, which leads to improved performance, increased collaboration and more innovation. Organizations led by kind, authentic leaders experience greater levels of trust, which leads to open communication, connection and optimized performance. Kind leadership not only improves results; it creates a ripple effect beyond the workplace. Kindness at work translates into kindness at home, in the community and anywhere else one shows up in life. Here are four simple ways you can bring kindness into your leadership style.
- Be Genuine
- Understand Core Values
- Recognize Contributions, and Give Honest Feedback
- Be Self-aware
The combination of kindness and leadership is powerful. Kind leaders optimize employee and organizational performance while creating a ripple effect that benefits families and communities and make the world a better place.
Be INSPIRED: There are MORE WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP
Lisa Smyth outlines in The CEO Magazine the “16 most influential women in leadership for 2021.” These women each bring something unique to their leadership in politics, business, science, activism and the arts, and they are inspiring generations of women to come. These women have fought harder, reached higher and made space in ‘the room’ for more girls and women to follow:
- The Commander: Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister of New Zealand (2017 –).
- Queen of Hearts: Celeste Barber Comedian, Actor and Writer.
- The Courageous Campaigner: Antoinette Braybrook CEO of Djirra (2002 –)
- The Changemaker: Shani Dhanda Disability Rights Advocate and LinkedIn Changemaker.
- The Pioneer: Kamala Harris Vice President of the United States of America (2021 –).
- The Quiet Defender: Her Excellency Tsai Ing-Wen President of Taiwan (2016 –).
- The Fighter: Gülsüm Kav Doctor and Co-Founder of We Will Stop Femicide Platform.
- Fierce Fashionista: Aurora James Founder of Brother Vellies and the 15 Percent Pledge.
- The Compassionate Capitalist: Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Chair and Managing Director of Biocon Ltd. (1978 –).
- ‘Trouble Woman’: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Global Economist.
- The Revolutionary: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez US Representative for New York (2018 –).
- The Athlete Activist: Naomi Osaka World Champion Tennis Player.
- The King Slayer: Nancy Pelosi 52nd Speaker of the US House of Representatives (2019 –).
- The Hero: Özlem Türeci Chief Medical Officer of BioNTech (2008 –).
- The Girl Who Could: Joey Wat CEO of Yum China (March 2018 – ).
- Corporate Climate Change Warrior: Shemara Wikramanayake CEO of Macquarie Group (Dec 2018 – ).
YOU CAN CHANGE THE FACE OF LEADERSHIP
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