In this episode of Both Success And Integrity With Bessi Graham, Bessi discusses how leaders need to have the courage to have difficult conversations. They also need to earn the right to deliver that difficult feedback.
If you want to lead in the 21st century, you need to have a stomach for disequilibrium. This idea is more relevant than ever, as you embark on your journey of figuring out what “doing good” looks like in your business. You must work to ensure you design a business model that delivers the “win-win”, and also positions you with the competitive edge you’ve been missing. Finding stability or equilibrium is going to, at times, be impossible. Your job as a leader, however, is going to be to acclimatize to that, learn to operate, make decisions, and paint a compelling vision of the future for your team, customers and investors to follow.
Also in this episode:
- Cultivating a stomach for disequilibrium
- To be an effective leader, you’re going to need to have the self awareness, do the ongoing work of growing and evolving as a human yourself,
- You’re not the answer to every problem
- The Buck Stops Here: don’t be the kind of leader who blames everyone else
- Have the courage to have difficult conversations: many leaders often lack a functioning spine and they avoid these awkward and difficult conversations
- Questions to ask before giving difficult feedback and earning the right to have difficult feedback
- Your energy sets the tone and carries the organization
- There’s nothing easy about leadership: how comfortable are you with being uncomfortable?
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About Bessi Graham:
With over 20 years of experience working with business owners, governments, and large funding bodies to bring “doing good” and “making money” back together, my experience spans from the grassroots of sitting in the dirt working with business owners across the Pacific Islands through to the United Nations in Geneva. This has given me an unparalleled perspective on what makes change happen.
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