Would you like the ability to better predict ‘fall’ risks in your organization? Look no further than how leaders “walk their talk?” It’s a huge driver of credibility and ultimately influences employees’ commitment, effort, and loyalty.
Here are some critical ‘walk scenarios’ I challenge my clients to assess and take action on to engage high performance. Would employees say most leaders in your organization are engaging because they:
- Are willing to “walk a mile in employees' shoes” before criticizing them.
- Help staff "walk it off" when disappointments and frustrations arise.
- Get directly involved in employee development helping to ensure employees learn to effectively "walk before they run."
- “Walk ahead of employees” during difficult change and lead by example.
- “Walk tall” when it comes to values-based behavior.
- “Walk around” to help themselves and others solve problems
- Use “walk the plank” techniques when coaching or disciplining employees.
- “Walk all overall” individuals when goals are missed or mistakes happen.
- "Walk off with” employee ideas and seldom give them any credit.
- Make employees “walk on eggshells.” Employees have to be overly careful interacting with leaders and/or are very cautious giving them candid feedback.
- “Walk away from” controversy with other workgroups and abandon their team.
Help leaders hit their stride and engage others.