Dr Joanna Bircher talks about essential leadership skills and the impact of our personalities, motivations, and strengths on our teams. She explains why you need to act like a leader even if you think you are not one, and gives brilliant advice on becoming more self-aware.
[05:54] You Are a Leader, Even if You Don’t Think You Are
Even if you're a trainee in a company, you have an impact on your team.
[08:56] Joanna’s Leadership Journey
Leadership is not about knowing everything. It’s about exploring new ideas together with your team.
A leader listens, collaborates, and makes good decisions.
[14:00] How to Recognise Collaboration
As a leader, it is your job to bring out others' opinions during discussions.
[15:21] How to Develop Self-Awareness
You can build a much better team if you focus on your strengths and those of your members.
We must develop our strengths rather than our weaknesses.
[22:26] Finding Your Strengths
Being self-aware means that you recognise the good and bad effects of your strengths.
Remember that the brighter you shine, the more shadow you cast.
[26:41] The Dilemma of Hierarchy
No matter what kind of leader you are, power imbalance will always be there.
When people are silent in meetings, the problem is often with your method, not with the people in the room.
[35:51] The Importance of Knowing Your Team’s Personality Profile
Your team’s strengths and motivations affect their job satisfaction and joy in work.
[38:41] Developing Active Listening
Real listening isn’t just about waiting for your turn to talk.
[40:58] Being Genuinely Curious
It’s better if you actively engage with people and help them come up with an answer on their own.
[42:35] Joanna’s Top 3 Tips to Be a Better Leader
Genuinely believe that you're not the person with the best idea.
Learn how to listen and continue to practise it.
Everybody in the room with you has their own ideas.