The best time to transform to a radically new leadership style is when you start fresh with a new team. But that’s not always practical or feasible.
You’ve been reading blogs, books, and maybe attended a course or got some 360 feedback, but your team doesn’t know all of that. If you transform your style now, what will they think? If you suddenly start asking questions instead of tellingrecognizing their wins, or take a sudden interest in their personal life, will they trust you?
If the transformation is dramatic, your teams may be shocked at best and at least skeptical. They may even distrust your motives.
Working on becoming a better leader is always worth it.
So, how can you ensure your team will take you seriously? Can you transform with credibility?
4 Ways To Transform in Trust
- Explain why
Tell them you are working on your leadership. Be a role model for taking development seriously. Explain why you are making this change.
- Be specific
Tell them specifically what you are working to change, and what they should expect to see.
- Share your feelings
Share a bit about what excites and scares you.
- Ask for help
Ask for feedback about how you are doing along the way. If there is a specific behavior you are working on, ask them to help you recognize that. Consider developing a signal or other safe and easy way for them to let you know.
Have you ever transformed your leadership midstream? How did you make the transition go smoothly?
What if you need the team to change too (come back on Monday as the discussion continues).