A NEW APPROACH TO SENSITIVITY
Sensitive as a character trait is looked down upon in the gregarious culture and work environments we act within! It’s the outgoing, authoritative types who are celebrated for their ability to navigate flawlessly through social situations. When we think about what makes an effective leader, I can assure you the word sensitive isn’t found amongst the top ten. That all changed when a Stanford business professor analyzed historic data on success and power to find that being SENSITIVE is in fact a key component in being a high achiever.
THE BUSINESS WAY TO BE SENSITIVE
By now you want to know what sensitivity in business looks like! Does it present itself as tears and giggles; or emotionally charged conversations about the meaning of life? None of the above. A sensitive leader understands their team and the needs of each member individually. It has to do with communication and making sure to address each member in a way that only they will understand. Individual leadership is achieved through a mutual respect and appreciation for the people you work with, so failing to express this can have adverse effects on an organization. More importantly, leaders who are culturally sensitive will do better to influence behavior in business. People are shaped by their beliefs and experiences and a general awareness of what matters to groups and individuals is ‘zen’ for business. Canada’s business environment is unique to overseas nations where many people on your team have lived, studied and gained their experience. Understanding what each person has to offer the team makes for a sensitive leader.
WHO IS ON YOUR TEAM?
Moving forward, when you think about sensitivity save room for it’s correlation to effective leadership. Remember that it isn’t the people pleasing and friendliness often alluded to, but a general awareness of what makes your individual team members who they are.