GUEST POST BY Wendy Jenkins OAM, READY RESILIENCE
Ready Resilience helps organisations thrive during times of change and challenge, using practical neuroscience-based resilience tools that have been proven to offer in-the-moment solutions and long-lasting results.
June 2023 Resilient Leadership Tips
According to National Geographic, our brain is arguably more complicated than any other known structure in the cosmos. However, we can also understand its functioning in simpler terms.
At its core, the brain is constantly evaluating whether an experience will bring pain or joy. Its primary goal is to shield us from suffering while seeking pleasure. To make these determinations and react accordingly, the brain requires sufficient information. Uncertainty poses a significant challenge in the workplace as it deprives the brain of the information it needs. When faced with uncertainty, the brain defaults to a defensive mode, triggering a stress response. This uncertainty undermines our psychological safety, which in turn can have a detrimental impact on our mental well-being.
As a leader one of your key roles is to help minimise or remove uncertainty for your team and colleagues.
- Work with your team to create an environment of open communication, trust, and collaboration.
- Encourage regular dialogue where concerns and questions can be raised without fear of judgment.
- Foster a culture that values diverse perspectives and encourages the sharing of ideas. Provide clarity around goals, expectations, and roles within the team.
- Clearly communicate any changes or updates, ensuring that everyone is on the same page.
- When faced with uncertainty, involve your team in the decision-making process, seeking their input and perspectives. This not only enhances their sense of ownership but also taps into their collective knowledge and expertise.
- Recognise and appreciate their efforts, reinforcing a sense of value and psychological safety.
What is one step you could take today to reduce uncertainty for your team?
Under Australian Work Health Safety laws, businesses must eliminate or minimise psychosocial risks so far as is reasonably practicable. What strategies and plans do you have in place to help manage psychosocial hazards according to the code of practice that was released last July?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wendy Jenkins is the founder of Ready Resilience, Co-Founder of the Lungitude Foundation, Speaker and Lung Transplant Survivor. Ready Resilience helps organisations thrive during times of change and challenge, using practical neuroscience-based resilience tools that have been proven to offer in-the-moment solutions and long-lasting results. Having been told she had two years to live over fifteen years ago, Wendy is driven to help people transform their perspective on challenges in life. To find out more visit www.readyresilience.com.