Nonviolent communication can be a powerful tool to explore group and team dynamics, support compassionate dialogue across differences, collaborate effectively, and resolve conflict, all of which are essential skills of advanced leadership effectiveness.
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This year, when the very notion of togetherness has been radically redefined, the simple experience of breathing together has taken on new meaning.
Humanitarian Lynne Twist introduced me to a key distinction long ago between taking a position and taking a stand: One calls up opposition, the other a brave, bold commitment to act with purpose.
While the challenges are unprecedented, remember that you actually know how to drive even though the road looks different.
The conversation started innocuously. Then my friend blurted out a statement that I could tell she regretted. Maybe there was even surprise that she thought it. If that conversation happened now, here is what I would have done.
As coach and author Mary Beth O’Neill describes in her book, Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart: A Systems Approach to Engaging Leaders with Their Challenges, a coaching engagement “is a continual dance of balancing backbone and heart,” requiring coaches to speak not only with kindness, but also truthfully and courageously.
Your goal as a leader is first to be respected, not liked. If you are Kind, Clear, Fair, and Firm, your team and staff will trust and respect you, and they will ultimately like you too.
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An intention can be used as an excellent tool to practice self-management and improve your presence and impact at work.