“I have given up the terminology of good leaders and great leaders. You either are a leader or not a leader.” – Simon Sinek
World Mental Health Day prompted leaders around the world to reflect on what it means to be an effective role model for wellbeing in their workplace. Today, as the working week begins, leaders continue to consider how best to actively care for the mental health of their teams; especially during periods of operational uncertainty or financial difficulty. Do they have what it takes to truly nurture people and their talents?
At Sentis we are genuinely passionate about people; their safety and wellbeing. We understand that mental health will soon overtake physical fitness as the single biggest safety risk businesses face. Already, more than 6 million man hours are lost annually, at a cost to Australian businesses of more than $10 billion every year!
Our Wellbeing Leadership Model identifies the 5 core competencies not only displayed by leaders who help employees thrive at work, but also encouraged and actively developed within their teams – Adaptable, Resilient, Authentic, Influential and Positive.
All of these attributes fall within your locus of control; impacting the mental health of your team and wellbeing culture in a workplace. Leaders who fail to acknowledge this, are not only neglecting the people who report to them, but also undermining an organisation’s efficiency and profits.
Take a moment to value the role you have to play beyond Mental Health Week and consider:
How adaptable are you as a leader?
Adaptable leaders develop skills that allow them to respond to the changing circumstances that the workplace will inevitably throw at them, including wellbeing challenges, be they personal to the leader themselves or challenges being experienced by team members.
Are you authentic in your approach to wellbeing?
People will pick up if your motives are not genuine. Therefore, acknowledging that wellbeing challenges exist, demonstrating empathy and being aware of the issues others face are important.
How do you influence others?
Do you have a vision for your team? Do you inspire others by taking action and behaving in line with this vision?
How resilient are you as a leader?
Resilient leaders respond to challenges in a proactive manner. They are aware that things can go wrong and work hard to bounce back.
How positive are you as a leader?
Do you display positive emotions, express optimism, exude self-confidence and, most importantly, promote positivity in others?
You don’t need the X factor to nurture your company’s greatest asset. Good people want to work with and for good people and as most leaders know, employees who enjoy being at work are more likely to be loyal, productive and offer better customer service than those who don’t.