’Energize everyone, every day! ’Is the central leadership principle of the Lego Group. For those from this company, being a leader means acting, demonstrating some behaviors. These are: courage, curiosity, concentration (not to mention focus).
It seems to me this illustrates much of what it would be like to be a leader during this time: an example of energy, action, resilience, support, focus on what matters, empathy for those you lead . Why now, more than ever?
Because this pandemic seems like a road through a thick fog, which we do not see the end of, sometimes even the hope of a light somewhere, near, shakes.
We kept in a certain balance last year, supported by the thought that it will end soon, by some individual or group actions, by some webinars, courses, books, virtual coffee meetings, but it seems that they also seem to us now sewn with white thread. We need something else, something even more sincere, deeper, more human.
Beyond direction, clarity, communication, I would say that it is necessary for leaders to show understanding, compassion, to be a container for their teams, but also to give hope and energy.
It is easy to talk about what should be done but it is difficult to apply. Everyone is affected by the pandemic. We all have a level of fatigue, of saturation with the current state.
What I think is essential now is to properly manage our own minds first.
Last night, at acupuncture, after a day with several coaching sessions, virtual meetings, phone conversations, emails, I felt tired, as if drawn in all directions. But there, after a few minutes, I made an effort to put my thoughts in order, to look down on my day, to loot at myself from an objective point of view.
We think that we work a lot (many times we even do), that we can’t, that we are tired, that no one understands us, that we are alone in the world and so on, we can continue with the conclusions and, in fact, to ‘ jump to confusion ‘and generalize destructively.
The ability to keep our own mind in balance makes us winners or leads us into a valley of complaint.
The mind is like a man who sometimes slips on ice and falls. We see him, we can help him to get up, to get back on his feet, or we pass him, leaving him to no one. But we wouldn’t abandon anyone like that, would we?
In order to show the direction, to make medium-term plans, to create the feeling of trust and security, I would dare to say that we ‘need’ to energize ourselves so that we can energize others; to make daily efforts to keep our own mind in balance, as a puppeteer controls his puppet.