The greatest challenge for any leader is to create psychological safety around them to get the best from their people and the greatest reward is to see them perform at their best.
Leaders create the team they deserve and to get the best team possible, they must understand themselves, their own behaviour, and their triggers in stressful situations. Only then can they hope to build a psychologically safe culture to effectively lead others.
This programme combines our understanding of biology, neuroscience and psychology to challenge current thinking and to develop your true leadership potential.
In nature our brain brings us together to help us all survive, but when we feel threatened within the group, our brain will take steps to protect us and that can be to the detriment of others around us!
Do any of these sound familiar?
Our approach to leadership is based on the need for leaders to be in their “Ideal Helpful State” in order to lead effectively, make clear decisions and provide a psychologically safe environment for others, so they can be productive. The problem that leaders, as well as those around them, face in the workplace is constant change, too much work, not enough time, poor communication and inadequate resources, all of which increase levels of stress.
Stress puts us into two different states: “Acute Transitional” (commonly known as fight or flight) and “Chronic Unhelpful”, both of which make people unpleasant to work alongside, creating environments where no one feels safe to say what they really think and making them much less productive.
The challenge for all leaders is identifying their “Ideal Helpful State” and how they keep themselves and everyone around them in that state. This approach to leadership builds a leader’s awareness of all the states and why people transition from one state to the next. It also equips them with tools to “Shift” back to their ideal and most productive selves.
We have the brain of a hunter-gatherer whose sole mission is to survive. We look into how in this modern world, more often than not, this works against us.
Science has made huge advances in what we know about our brains. As a leader you need to understand some of that wiring in order to better connect with your team.
Stress is meant to be a way to survive but our brains cannot distinguish between real danger (a bear) or perceived danger (a boss). Learn to help your team avoid or deal with stress.
Oxytocin is a hormone that rewards us for coming together to help each other, it is also the same hormone that drives us apart. Learn how to combat the negative effect of oxytocin.
You can't lead people you don't like, to like someone you need to understand their story. Only then can you hope to communicate effectively and lead your team.
How can a leader stay in their "ideal state" to lead effectively? Learn to use the tools that will have you shift from acute and/or chronic unhelpful states to your ideal helpful state.
Everything about a team is based on trust. Learn the 5 dysfunctions that ruin teams and what you need to do to overcome them.
One of the biggest issues in work today is reducing burnout in teams whilst keeping them engaged. Great leaders develop an environment that does both.
By becoming a psychologically safe Leader, you will give your organisation the best chance to become stronger, more sustainable, cohesive and productive.
If you want to have a chat about how to create psychological safety in your organisation I'd love to hear from you. I promise to reply to all messages within 1 working day.
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