How to be a Good Leader over the Holidays: Tips and Strategies
As we approach the end of the year, it’s important to take stock of the challenges we’ve faced and the achievements we’ve made. With the holiday season upon us, it can be difficult to balance work pressure and personal challenges. However, there are small, sustainable ways we can support our own wellbeing, lead our teams effectively, and celebrate our achievements.
In this two-part toolkit, we’ll explore actionable ways to make the most of this time and build steps to success for the new year. We’ll cover nurturing your strengths and upskilling, leading your teams, and celebrating your achievements. By implementing these small changes, we can end the year on a high note and set ourselves up for success in the new year.
- Nurturing your strengths and upskilling is key to success.
- Effective leadership is essential for team success.
- Celebrating achievements is a great way to end the year on a high note.
Part 1: Developing Your Strengths and Self-Improvement
As leaders, we face many challenges and demands, and it’s important to prioritize our own wellbeing. Just like on a plane, we need to secure our own emotional oxygen masks before we’re able to help others. Managing mental health, including stress and mood, is a key priority. Research shows that better wellbeing helps us innovate and produce better results, and it also has a positive effect on the wellbeing of teams.
To support the mental health of our teams, it’s important to build our skills. Unfortunately, two-thirds of managers aren’t able to engage with the mental health of their teams. By taking training such as Unmind Manager Training, we can learn valuable skills around supporting our own health, connecting with others, and creating a culture where people can thrive.
Crafting our roles to our strengths is another important step in our development. With downtime over the holidays, it can be a great time to reflect on our roles and hopes for the future. Job crafting is the art of aligning our strengths, values, and passions with our roles to power our development and find our roles more rewarding. We can cultivate this by looking for opportunities to craft tasks, take on new challenges, and nurture relationships in areas we’re really interested in.
Here are some practical tips for nurturing your strengths and upskilling:
- Prioritize your own wellbeing, including managing mental health.
- Take training to develop skills around supporting your own health and creating a culture where people can thrive, such as Unmind Manager Training.
- Reflect on your role and hopes for the future, and use downtime to job craft.
- Look for opportunities to craft tasks, take on new challenges, and nurture relationships in areas you’re really interested in.
By prioritizing our own wellbeing, building our skills to support mental health, and crafting our roles to our strengths, we can set ourselves up for success and help our teams thrive.
Part 2: Leading Your People
During the festive season, it is important that we provide clarity to our teams on what changes are expected and how they can benefit from them. For instance, if some team members are taking time off, we should be clear that they can recharge and avoid checking their inboxes. This allows teams to focus on getting the most out of their break.
As a team, we should reflect on the year and recognise the valuable work that each team member has contributed. By sharing wins, gratitude, and recognising team contributions, we can help team members see their achievements in the wider context of the organisation’s goals and success. This can be a valuable way to nurture connections within the team.
We should also offer flexibility in work schedules where possible. This shows consideration for team members’ commitments and sensitivity to different cultural norms and celebrations. By offering this support, teams can feel empowered to do their best work when they can.
In summary, by providing clarity, reflecting as a team, and offering flexibility, we can support our teams during the festive season. This can help us maintain productivity and engagement, while also showing our team members that we value their contributions.
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