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5 Ways To Unblock Leadership Energy

5 Ways To Unblock Leadership Energy

I felt my energy drain as I drove toward the call center. The center’s results were stagnant– it was time to dig deeper. I was there to help, but also to deliver some tough messages. Necessary, not fun.

“Joe,” one of the managers, ran enthusiastically across the parking lot. Joe’s energy ignited mine. The day was looking up. As we walked toward the center together, Joe high-fived and encouraged each arriving rep. They responded in kind. More positive vibes.

We entered the building and the rest of the managers sat quietly at the conference room table nervously awaiting my (and now Joe’s) arrival. The difference in energy–palpable.

Joe’s results blew away the rest of the struggling center. While the other managers shared action plans, Joe excitedly articulated his leadership vision and robust examples of personal connection, challenges and growth.

When I met with the executive team offline I questioned, “How do we get more Joes?” They squirmed, “We can’t expect everyone to have that level of energy.”

Energetic Leaders are Born, Made, and Destroyed

Energy is union, with yourself, the vision, and the team. Energy isn’t extraversion. Don’t waste your time looking for “Joes.” Unblock the stuck energy on your team. It’s not that hard. Release their inner “Joe.”

Empowering low energy destroys potential.

5 Energy Pressure Points

Your leaders have innate energy yearning for release. Get them unstuck. Their energy will cascade, and pretty soon you’ll have an entire organization high on Qi (9 out of 10 studies show well running Qi beats energy drinks without that awful crash ;-).

  1. Missing Connection – Connection fuels fire. Teach the power of connecting, with you, peers, and their team. Model the way. 360 feedback and coaching helps. So can a good talk. Explore insecurities and fear preventing valuable connections.
  2. Faking it – Pretending exhausts. Leaders pretend to look the part, fit in, mask insecurities, hide secrets. Help your leaders uncover and use their mutant powers by using unique skills that stretch them beyond their current job.
  3. Blurry Vision – Fuzzy vision confuses. When leaders lack energy, it’s often that they don’t understand (or buy-into) the vision. It’s hard to act jazzed, when you don’t get it. Go slow. Help them understand the bigger picture. Encourage closed-door dissent and questions. “Ah ha” moments radiate energy. Then help craft and practice messages.
  4. No Options – Choices ignite. Challenge your team with exciting possibilities. Leaders lose energy when they’re stuck. Stuck in their career, in a role, in a project. Help them discover options and new challenges.
  5. Stress – Stress sabotages . When leaders are stressed from competing priorities or home concerns they lose the necessary energy to lead well. Help them balance their goals and energetic pursuits.
How do you unleash your leaders’ positive energy?
Filed Under:   Energy & Engagement, Results & Execution
 
 
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt is a leadership speaker, consultant, and MBA professor. She's a former Verizon Wireless executive with two decades of diverse cross-functional experience in sales, customer service and HR. Karin was named as a top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America. She is author of, "Overcoming an Imperfect Boss: A Practical Guide to Building a Better Relationship With Your Boss." Karin knows the stillness of a yogi, the reflective road of a marathoner and the joy of being a mom raising emerging leaders.
 

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Matt McWilliams   |   27 June 2013   |   Reply

Woah.

2 and 4 just hit me in the head.

Long story, but my business is at a crossroads. I have forgotten to study ALL options. I’m learning (slowly) that looking at 20 options doesn’t mean I have to spend 10 hours on each of them. But it never hurts to take a glance at options 4-20 to see if they might be good.

I forgot about options…arggggh. You always have options.

Seriously, I am energized now.

#2 is a long-standing habit I’m trying to break. I grew up with an irrational fear of not being perfect. HA! See my blog post today (which you did Karin). That’s my mirror…says I must be perfect. It’s exhausting sometimes.

Thanks Karin!

letsgrowleaders   |   27 June 2013   |   Reply

Matt, I face similiar challenges. It is exhausting. All, here’s his post… loved it.

http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/change-your-mirror/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=change-your-mirror

Jim Ryan   |   27 June 2013   |   Reply

I learned some breath work this morning which is one of the best way to get the energy going. The trick will be to figure out how to get the leaders I work with to buy into using such techniques. Any thoughts?

letsgrowleaders   |   27 June 2013   |   Reply

Jim, So glad to have you as part of the Let’s Grow Leaders community. Hmmmm.. I tough one. I can see that playing out well with some folks, and completely laughed at by those who need it most ;-) Start small with those you think will be most receptive.

Jim Ryan   |   28 June 2013   |  

Great idea. Makes me think of conducting a quick training on the topic and open it up to the organization and see who shows up.

Eric Dingler   |   28 June 2013   |   Reply

Remember to celebrate the win.

Also, hate the myth…”If I do it for one person I have to do for everyone.” Instead, do for one what you wish you could for all. A great lesson I’ve learned from Andy Stanley.

letsgrowleaders   |   28 June 2013   |   Reply

Eric, such an important lesson.