Virginia at Work: The importance of supportive leadership

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Effective Leadership in the workplace brings productive results.

In Virginia at Work – we continue our look at the “4 Keys To More Effective Leadership Behaviors.”
Last week, we addressed the the importance of leaders being “results-oriented.”
This week, we take a closer look at another “key” – supportive leadership.

To build a  supportive, trusting relationship with your team, Cortex Leadership Consulting CEO Lynda McNutt Foster says it starts with a simple question, “How can I best support you?”  She explains, what one person on staff finds as supportive, another may not respond well at all. You need to take the time to discover which approach works for what person.

Foster has some ideas on what you can work on this week to hone your skills as a supportive leader in the workplace.
Start by being friendly and informative.
Understand and show empathy toward team members.
Show concern for the needs of others.
Help others build their skills and careers.

“The surveys we’ve done over the last 4 years – the majority of people mark that sincerity builds trust. So, I have to believe that you are real when you tell me you care about me. If you say you care about my family, I need to believe that you do that. So supportive is important in the workplace,” says Foster.

She warns, without that feeling of trust and support in the workplace, staff becomes disengaged and productivity drops.

To learn more about how to best become a supportive leader, click here to read an article Foster authored on the topic.

She’s also willing to share her eBook for free on the “4 Keys To More Effective Leadership Behaviors,” just text the word – book – to 540-605-9539 and the eBook will automatically download to your phone.

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