FEATURE: Resonant Leadership by Kenneth Nwadiaru
When leaders do not listen, they can become “out of touch and out of tune.”
Listening well helps a leader to recognize the organizational reality and involve individuals to create a healthy culture. The leader empowers the team to recognize the best and worst of the organization to not only come up with solutions and reach alignment but to develop a common language and create attunement.
To move an organization towards resonance, it is not enough to have a vision and strategy. You must have a healthy culture, new leadership mindsets, and new behaviors.
Our behaviors determine our culture. So as a leader, you must have developed these 3 Organizational Habits which are;
a) People first
b) Make it better
c) Attitude of gratitude.
As a team leader, how you lead your team matter whats a whole lot and will definitely determine the level of results and commitment you get. With privilege comes duty. It is a privilege when we have the opportunity to lead a team of people, but with it comes many responsibilities, and the most difficult part is managing moods of your team members.
Also, as a Team Leader, Your mood and behavior and that of your members affects performance. You have to work on attaining the consistent, emotionally intelligent leadership behaviors that breed success in yourself and others.Whatever style of leadership you picks, it should be resonant. Resonance is strengthening and reinforcement of sound by moving on the same wavelength.A resonant leader is one that inspires loyalty and drives teamwork. Resonant Leaders renews themselves and Connect with Others through Mindfulness, Hope and Compassion.
Resonant leaders create a positive emotional tone in the organization and engage and inspire people. They possess three core qualities which are: mindfulness, hope, and compassion. Consider making these a part of your arsenal as a leader.Dissonant leadership, on the other hand, focuses on reaching goals and growing the organization, rather than the individuals. They avoid democratic leadership to keep things moving and avoid stalemates.Being able to emotionally connect with others is powerfully resonant, as doing so lets people know that you understand them and are concerned for their well-being.
What I am really talking about is building positive relationship with team members, helping them to develop, effectively manage conflict and change, as well as establish teamwork and build bonds.We all thrive on healthy connections and so team members will be much more likely to respond to leaders who are able to nurture valuable relationships with them.Leaders can influence the emotional states of colleagues. They can draw others onto their own positive wavelength. Or they can create dissonance by letting their negativity come into conflict with others’ emotions.
Resonant leadership not only promotes positive relationships, but also drives productivity and boosts commitment and engagement.
Here are five key qualities to help you develop resonance in your leadership style.
Self-awareness:It is important to know your strengths and weaknesses, and that your motives for driving progress in your group have the right intentions.You should aim to establish genuine relationships built on openness and trust with your members.
Authenticity:Perceptions of leadership have changed, and people no longer buy into the crafted image of omniscience.Team members connect with leaders who show their human side and aren’t afraid of showing that they have weaknesses as well their strengths.
Empathy:One of the components of Empathy is simply having an awareness of how people feel.Being able to emotionally connect with others is powerfully resonant, as doing so lets people know that you understand them and are concerned for their well-being.
Relationship management:This is where we provide a positive influence on others, help them to develop, effectively manage conflict and change, as well as establish teamwork and build bonds.
Social awareness:As well as establishing relationships with others, resonant leaders are aware of how their organization is functioning and are able to meet the needs of their Members.They do this by being attuned to how people are feeling, which allows them to say and do the right things at the right time in order to assuage frustrations and offer calm reassurance.
Finally, resonant relationships are characterized by a sense of compassion, a sense of caring and understanding. Team Members who develop trust in their leader are more likely to accept and contribute to the transformation process. Quite simply, when we feel someone cares for us, we typically care back. This mutuality establishes that everyone feels protected even as they venture into new activities and sometimes risky ones.