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You are the part in partner. You are part of something bigger than yourself. Part of a team, an organization, part of a community, part of something much bigger. And so when you recognize yourself as part, then you understand the importance of partner in because you do not complete the puzzle.
In this episode, Michel shares that as a leader you’re going to be held accountable to create, to cultivate a culture of wellbeing, one that provides equitable inclusive employee experiences, one that’s adaptable, accountable and provides employee development opportunities.
That’s no ordinary undertaken and therefore leadership is more than anything else.
This form of leadership is about the influence process. No one leader can create all of those environments. Leaders have to share leadership across the organization with a team of self leaders. Who also influence the process towards the vision and the goal and towards cultivating that culture.
They work together to create spaces for experimentation, exploration, education; spaces to make mistakes, to failures, spaces for peer leadership, spaces for shared leadership and spaces for connection and partnership.
In order to be able to communicate and partner effectively, we have to be very good self leaders. We have to be able to communicate and partner within our teams, across teams, across organizations, across stakeholder groups, and as the world shifts, relationship demands shifts and people’s styles and preferences shift.
Michel encourages you to get obsessed with partnering. Partner across culture, partner, across department, across interest groups, across geographic lines. Communicate in the language of partnership, and intentionally pursue meaningful partnerships.
In this episode, I’m covering communicating and partnering as a leader in the modern business world
welcome to UpSkill Talks brought to you by McGraw Hill. I’m your host, Michel Shah lead UpSkiller at UpSkill Community. UpSkill Talks is a podcast for leaders, leaders who are actively seeking innovative and creative ways to interact lead themselves and others. In every episode, through real life stories and enlightening conversations, we will explore the challenge. And opportunities real leaders face in today’s everchanging workplace. We will present you with real strategies for you to leverage your soft skills and produce transformative results. Thank you for joining me on this journey. Let us begin.
let’s take a moment and figure out what we mean when we say leadership. So you have your own definition of leadership. I encourage you to think about that. There’s some keywords that come up when we talk about leadership, no matter what your definition, empowerment, influence, communicating. Partnering culture, nurture relationship, building, vision alignment, collaborate goals. There are a lot of ways that we think about leadership, but really important that you are thinking about leadership with these concepts in mind. In 2014, the pew research center published which leadership traits matter the most. And they came up with a list, honesty, intelligence, decisive, organized, and so on. That’s what leaders need to be. And subsequently we have thought about what leaders need to do. and that’s changing and post pandemic. You’re gonna need to be, you’re gonna need to do, but most importantly, leaders will be held accountable to create, to cultivate, to create or cultivate a culture. One of wellbeing, one that provides equitable inclusive employee experiences. One that’s adaptable and flexible and accountable one that provides employee development opportunities, spaces for experimentation exploration, education for mistakes, for failures, for peer leadership spaces of shared leadership of collaboration, connection of partnership. Spaces where we talk openly about our biases and work together to cultivate bias consciousness spaces, where we communicate based on who we are and show up as we are and bring our authentic selves to work and engage, engaging, authentic relationships leaders have a higher calling to create. This culture and that’s no ordinary undertaken and therefore leadership is more than anything else. An influence process. No one leader can create all of those environments. In one, a leader has to share leadership across the organization with a team of self leaders. Who also influence the process towards the vision and the goal and towards cultivating that culture. This is a very important concept with shared leadership because shared leadership cannot function in an environment without strong leaders. So our focus on self leadership, self-awareness awareness of our emotions building self-confidence building out professionalism, building our self leadership skills, building our communication skills. Building our partnership skills. This is essential for all of us to come together and answer this call to build that kind of culture. In order to be able to communicate and partner effectively, we have to be very good self leaders. We have to be able to communicate and partner within our teams, across teams, across organizations, across stakeholder groups, and as the world shifts and relationship demands shifts and people’s styles and preferences shift. We have to be agile enough to shift our perspectives, to shift our communication style, to shift to the ways we partner in order to continue to be effective. It’s not continuing to walk on the treadmill at the same pace. And it just happens because you’re on it. You have to intentionally put effort in for this to happen. I wanna emphasize partnering. I wanna take aside the word partner and let you think about the P in partner. P in partner for people, perspectives and productivity partner and partnering critical to the way forward. I want you to take away the word partner and break it into pieces and think about part. You are part of something bigger than yourself. Part of a team, an organization, part of a community, part of something much bigger. And so when you recognize yourself as part, then you understand the importance of partner in because you do not complete the puzzle. And so getting a partner and build in partnerships, help us to leverage strengths, help us to identify unique bodies of knowledge, help us to bring on board skills we don’t have and skills that can take us forward. Help us to tap into network currency, help us to tap into inside information and. What we call in sales, trade secrets. It helps us to tap into privileged access. Backstage information partnership is critical. We also partner to minimize our weaknesses to take advantage of opportunities to minimize threats. And so. Partnership, as you can see is a very big deal. So who needs to partner everyone, including you and who do you need to partner with? I wanna make three recommendations one, develop the partnership mindset. Think of yourself as part of a partnership that’s waiting to happen. Partner across culture partner, across department partner, across interest partner across. Geographic lines. Just get obsessed with partnering. Number two, communicate in the language of partnership, always inclusive, always seeking additional perspectives, always inviting others to join in. Always thinking about what you’re missing. Always knowing that you’re missing, that you are part. And number three, set goals and allocate time to grow your partnerships. Partnerships don’t happen by accident. Partnerships have to be nurtured, watered, like plant, grow it until it becomes what you desire.
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