We need Leaders as never before, ones who we would believe and who we would let lead us. But do we have such leaders today among our politicians, business figures, news media representatives, opinion-makers? There are some, but not as many as there could be or as many as we would want. What do most leaders lack?
One of the major things - sharing the responsibility of making decisions with their team. There is still enduring vertical leadership – when you operate based on the “top-down” model. While most managers boast loudly about teamwork and decision making freedom, the reality is a little different – often the final say goes to the top-level manager.
This practice has two sides to it.
Firstly, during a crisis or a more difficult situation, when there is much uncertainty and a lack of clarity, one or several top-level managers cannot and do not know all the right answers. Namely, this is why it is important to enable staff to act and make decisions independently. The good leader knows that it is best to turn “mine” into “ours” and express, as well as apply the principle of equivalence.
Second, without trust in one’s staff and without granting them space to be responsible for their own decisions and actions, you do not nurture new leaders.
Moving from vertical management to horizontal is not easy neighter for the manager, nor the staff, however, I can assure you that in the long term, the result will exceed expectations.
Be open and honest, even if sometimes the truth isn’t very pleasant and the thoughts you express might not match the “popularity” criteria. By underestimating people, thinking they will supposedly not understand or fear the real situation and by talking overly optimistically, we do ourselves a disservice. The openness of leaders help unite their teams for a common goal and in the face of difficult times, it is a way to keep everyone together.
My dear friend asked me how do I empower my team.🤔 The endless enthusiasm and goal seeking caught her attention - my Berta&Team is really 💯extraordinary!
My answer was simple:
✅ internal communication - since my first day as a leader, I shared everything with them - good and bad news
✅ horizontal leadership - I implemented my vision of equal partnership - we are all equal and have the same one strong vote
✅ open door policy - I am available to everyone all the time
✅ I respect everyone - every opinion matters.
Simple as that! Humancentrism works! 💫
“Every single day we have just gotten up in the morning and focused on building an experience around women, for women,” Bumble founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd told last Thursday morning when making the history of being the youngest woman to take her company public via Nasdaq. “When women are safe and happy, everyone else follows and it creates a better relationship for everyone.”
Bumble not only made history in the dating world for its female-focused algorithm that defies traditional gender norms and puts women in a position of power. But it also expanded the concept of women leadership - it begins with CEO and extends to the company’s board of directors and investors.
And last but definitely not least - it is important to embrace your words with actions - and this is what Whitney Wolfe Herd does by ringing the opening bell from Bumble’s offices in Austin with her 1-year-old son by her side.
This what leadership looks like. 💫
Everyone in my family is very ambitious, so from the early childhood I was encouraged to seek more and explore all the possibilities. Becoming the leader of the communication agency was a new challenge in my professional life. A really ambitious one – everything was new and most importantly I had to kick myself out of the comfort zone. And for me it was very tempting. I had a clear vision how the communication agency should look like.
First of all, I wanted to create a friendly environment where every employee could grow professionally. Also, being a long-time client myself, I wanted to correspond to the needs of our clients. However, we all agreed that human being is the core of our strategy. Therefore, in every situation, first of all, we choose to be human.
So leadership without ambition and humanity just won’t work. 💫