Personal preferences and symbolism

Leadership at the end of the year

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Personal attitude

A significant mistake is to assume that you can set the direction of what other people have to think about when evaluating the times that lie ahead. The author of these lines, I am single, have no children or partner, which means I will keep the Christmas time productive. I will catch up with work that has not been done yet, take classes that are available online on-demand, and after the days, look back at the productive time that I had (Christmas with my family was cancelled again due to the Covid situation). Often leaders now assume that their approach is the only right one. You are a leader, so you must be right. You have the career; that is your proof. You could not be more wrong.

Meaning and Relevance

Evaluating and deciding how important these days at the end of the year are for others is not your decision. Regardless of which leadership position you are in, refrain from telling others that you determine their values about the end-of-year festivities. Failing in doing so will result in you, as a leader, losing your social legitimisation. Consequently, your leadership work will become significantly more challenging or impossible in the future.

Leadership focus

Once you decide to focus on your employees, ensure that this approach does not end with a one-off approach. Employees quickly see when you only once changed your leadership focus and afterwards went back to what you prefer over what the people like to see in the organisation.



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Niels Brabandt

Niels Brabandt is in business since 1998. Helping managers to become better leaders by mastering the concept of Sustainable Leadership. Based in Spain & London.