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How to Practice KIND Leadership

Leading with these 4 components will build a strong and successful culture where all team members feel valued.

There is a lot of talk and truth about leading with kindness. While there are gestures and practices that translate to kindness, highlighting key elements of a KIND leadership style offers some daily reminders for building a kind culture that is rooted in success. Kindness doesn’t have to be tangibly measured. In fact, the most impactful components are often behind-the-scenes measures that aren’t even seen by others; they silently produce an environment where team members want to be and boost positivity.

Breaking Down KIND Leadership:

K Kick Negativity to the Curb — In an effort to build a positive and productive culture for all stakeholders, there is no room for negativity. While every day won’t be rainbows and sprinkles, there are always silver linings to be explored. Some days these linings may be harder to find than others, but time wasted with a negative mindset can never be regained. Attitude and approach trickles down from the top. When leaders act and react in a positive fashion, others take notice. By embracing a positive attitude, it is easier to help others shift their negative notions and take walk on the positive side too!

I Invest Time in Planning — Planning is the ultimate behind-the-scenes element that allows others to walk a smoother path. By taking the time to plan, leaders are reinforcing the value they hold for their teams. Well-planned staff meetings that have purpose and encourage input are one investment. Another investment is a vetted and revisited Strategic Plan. Investing time in the creation of an Information HUB where all stakeholders can find key information and updates will offer great returns on a continual basis as well.

N Notice the Tells (AKA- Read the Room!) — An effective leader is one who has an awareness of the opinions and needs of others. This does not mean that all those needs and opinions are catered to on a daily basis, but it does mean that they are acknowledged. Knowing when to regroup or restart is pivotal to maintaining an overall positive team morale. When teams have voice and choice when it comes to decisions and moving forward, there is a much stronger commitment to the initiatives and practices being undertaken. Noticing the tells does not a pushover make. Noticing the tells is a sign of an effective and empathetic leader.

D Deliver on Promises — One of the fastest ways to lose the respect of a team is to continually disappoint them. When leaders are honest and transparent, they gain the respect of their teams. They know that empty promises are a surefire way to lose that respect. Being a man or woman of your word goes a long way toward building and sustaining trust. An effective leader will not sugarcoat to smooth over the moment. An effective leader leads with honesty and knows that everyone won’t be on board for every change and adjustment. Being honest about said changes is crucial to maintaining a positive culture.

The world could definitely benefit from more kindness. Promoting a kind culture in the workplace is one way to initiate a ripple effect that spreads throughout communities. When instructional leaders focus on KIND leadership practices, the positive effects are limitless!

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