The Power of Self, Social Connectedness, and Support in the Workplace

November 10, 2023

The Foundation of Leadership: Understanding Your Inner Self

Understanding yourself is the pre-work that sets the tone for effective leadership. It’s not just a personal journey but a necessary step towards guiding and inspiring others in the workplace. And when done with care and consideration for what constitutes appropriate transparency, it can have a positive impact on your company’s bottom line.

Self-awareness is what guides effective leadership. It involves recognizing your strengths, weaknesses, values, and goals, both in your past and present. By taking the time to explore, with radical honesty, your own experiences and perspectives, you lay the groundwork for a deeper connection with your team and colleagues. This connection is what allows a workplace environment to thrive because your relationships are built on trust and collaboration.

The Bridge to Other-Awareness

As a leader, self-awareness is the bridge that leads to other-awareness. When you can communicate your past, present, and future self in relation to your goals and values, you become a more relatable and authentic leader. 

  1. Past Self: This involves reflecting on your past experiences, both successes, and challenges, and how they have shaped your values and goals. It means being open about your life experiences, the lessons you’ve learned, and the values you hold dear because of those experiences. Sharing your past self allows others to see your authenticity and the factors that have influenced your leadership style and decisions.
  2. Present Self: This refers to your current state as a leader. It involves sharing your current values, principles, and goals, as well as how they guide your decision-making and actions in the workplace. It means being transparent about your leadership philosophy and how it manifests in your daily interactions with your team and colleagues.
  3. Future Self: This pertains to your aspirations and vision for the future, both for yourself and your team or organization. It involves articulating your long-term goals, the direction you want to take your team, and the values that will continue to guide your leadership journey. Sharing your future self provides a sense of purpose and direction, allowing others to align their efforts with your vision.

This process is what allows your team to see your humanity, your journey, and your aspirations, which in turn encourages them to open up and share their own experiences and aspirations.

The open and authentic dialogue between you as the leader and your team members builds rapport and trust. It creates an environment where individuals feel valued and understood, leading to increased engagement and a more harmonious workplace culture. By showing vulnerability in sharing your own experiences and challenges, you inspire others to do the same, leading to a deeper sense of social connectedness and support within the team.

Nurturing Trust and Collaboration

When you prioritize self-awareness and authentic communication, you foster an atmosphere of trust and collaboration. When colleagues and team members see you as someone who genuinely understands and cares about them, they are more likely to reciprocate with trust and respect.

This trust is not only essential for team cohesion but also for effective decision-making and problem-solving. When individuals trust each other, they are more likely to share ideas, take risks, and work together towards common goals. This collaborative spirit enhances the overall productivity and innovation within the workplace, driving the organization towards success.

By understanding your own experiences and values, you pave the way for deeper connections with your team members, fostering trust, and collaboration. As a leader, your journey of self-discovery can ignite a collective journey towards a more supportive and connected workplace… which can actually have a positive impact on much more than the company’s bottom line.


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