It is not about winning, it is not about losing. It is about showing up and being seen.
It’s no secret that I am passionate about the work I do at Apex. One of the things I love most about my job is seeing and hearing about the transformational effect a human-centred approach to leadership has on an organisation via its people. I love that I get to advocate and introduce this approach to so many people. Understandably, some are cautious about changing the way they have always done things – it can be scary to shake up the status quo. It can feel daunting to put down the traditional rulebook and commit to doing things differently. But I am proud of the commitment I witness every day with our clients who are out there trying to build better workplaces. They are showing up and embracing new normals – better normals. And in doing so, are surrounded by happier people who are more engaged, more motivated, and more dedicated to their work.
I love this quote from Brene Brown, it can be applied to so many scenarios. I was thinking about it today after a great meeting with a client; a leader who wants to do right by his people. He knows it’s trial and error. He knows he may not get it right all the time. But he is showing up.
People are unpredictable and complex and so leading people can be a real challenge. But sometimes it isn’t about winning or losing; it’s about showing up and being seen.
Seen to be trying, seen to be trusting, seen to be understanding, seen to be listening, seen to be responding, seen to be appreciative, seen to be a person who wants to do the right thing. That’s what gains respect and credibility.