Effective leaders, teams or businesses harness different ideas, people, and resources. Experience tells us that diverse teams produce stronger and more creative results as they encourage diversity of thought and skills. Recently I met with key executives, policymakers and program specialists from all over Melbourne’s northern growth corridor to discuss opportunities available to us collectively through Shared Vision for the Growing North.
Want to build more collaboration and engagement within your team? This is what health leaders in the Growing North told me:
Avoid imposter syndrome
Your opinions and insights matter more than you allow yourself to believe. Everyone feels like an imposter at some time in their career. If you are doubting yourself, consider preparing a key message you want to convey for each meeting you attend. You might not get it out, but you will be prepared and you will be more engaged in the meeting and discussions.
Avoid being a know-it-all
Get comfortable with not knowing everything. Its hard when we are taught to be experts in our area of specialty. Being a know-it-all stifles collaboration. It’s ok to be the last one in the room to talk. Have your say but be mindful of where you are. If someone is not talking, maybe ask them a question. We have too many meetings in our jobs – make them worthwhile!
Perform 360-degree reviews
When it’s time for performance reviews, approach the employee/employer cycle of feedback from a strength’s perspective. It’s about performance after all, so it’s easy to focus on what was achieved or not. Focus on what strengths the employee has and the strengths they could or would like to develop to in the future. We all want staff to excel in meeting their goals and the goals of the organisation. Remember: Engaged and valued staff are more productive.
Meet people from other departments
Pop your head over the fence and find out what your neighbour is working on. Loneliness is a growing workplace issue that has an effect on performance, staff retention and morale. Workplace culture is strengthened when staff feel a sense of community with colleagues. What have you got to lose?
Ask more questions
Questions are so powerful and so underutilised. Active listening is more than waiting for your turn to talk. It’s about giving your full attention to the speaker and asking a question or giving a thoughtful response to what they’ve said.