Nov 28 / Rebecca Fleetwood Hession

Empowering Uniqueness: Nurturing Autonomy, Empathy, and Adaptability in Post-2020 Leadership


 🌐🔍 In a post-2020 society, autonomy has never been more valued and vital to a company culture.

If we're to enable the uniqueness in each of our employees, like pieces of a 🧩 puzzle, leaders must paint a vivid picture of what the cover of the puzzle box looks like in who we are, who we serve, and why it matters. It's more than a generic mission or purpose statement. It's communicating and giving the context of our purpose in lived experiences each day. 🎨
An assembled puzzle has three characteristics. It's far 💪 stronger and more beautiful, and every piece matters. 🌟
With a strong need to empower individual uniqueness, foster autonomy, and create a robust and unified culture, how can you nurture and coach these two leadership traits for you and your team?
Empathy:
Empathy is essential for understanding and appreciating individual team members' diverse perspectives, experiences, and needs.
Leaders who demonstrate empathy can connect with their employees personally, making them feel seen and valued.
By acknowledging and understanding each team member's unique strengths and challenges, leaders can better support their growth and contribution to the organization.
Adaptability:
In a post-2020 society where change is constant, leaders need to be adaptable to evolving circumstances and challenges.
An adaptable leader can navigate uncertainty, adjust strategies, and create an environment that encourages flexibility and innovation.
Embracing the uniqueness of each employee requires leaders to adapt their leadership style to meet the diverse needs of their team members.
These traits complement each other, as empathy helps in understanding and appreciating individual differences, while adaptability enables leaders to respond effectively to the dynamic nature of the workplace. Together, they form a foundation for fostering a culture where every employee feels recognized, valued, and empowered.
I look at this and immediately think of every great mom I know exhibiting these traits authentically. 
Business is human; those who can connect with others meaningfully will rise to the top in the post-2020 world—connection over control.
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