6 Leadership Habits We Don't Usually Follow

The coronavirus pandemic is a wonderful opportunity to examine how we manage our businesses and work.

Many things will be different after the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes how we manage our companies and teams.

Already, we are witnessing a shift in the way leaders present their leadership. Already there is a shift towards authenticity, value, compassion, and honesty in the way leaders interact with customers, communities, employees, and others. Our personal and professional lives have become more connected than ever.

It’s not unreasonable to believe that we are beginning to realize the true value and reach a collective understanding of the better way forward.

Shelley Paxton is the author of Soulbbatical: The Corporate Rebel’s Guide for Finding Your Best Life. She believes that we have an extraordinary opportunity to change the script and make it work. Paxton states, “This starts with the adoption of rebel leadership.”

What is rebel leadership?

Rebel leadership promotes prosperous cultures that are honest, courageous, and most importantly, humane. It is a rallying cry for rebellious souls to be rekindled in the pursuit of greater satisfaction, well being, and impact.

These six rebellious leadership principles will transform your leadership abilities and your life.

1. For the things that really matter, rebel

This may seem counterintuitive but it is the key to understanding. In this instance, insight refers to displaying our leadership superpowers by rebelling for who we really are (authenticity), for what we want (value) and for the impact we want in the world (purpose). Paxton says authenticity is the best form of rebellion and the strongest quality of leadership.

2. Choose true success

Many of us have had traditional success that was based only on external factors – titles, money and material goods – but we still feel like we are losing our inner life. Paxton refers to this as “feeling empty instead of full success.” He believed success and achievement were mutually exclusive, like many others. This is false. It is important to choose what lights you up from the inside. This choice can be difficult, but it is always the most rewarding.

3. Enjoy the new performance

Our leadership success has been measured largely by our ability to drive returns on investments. However, Paxton believes that “shock waves” is the future’s metric. The true measure of success is not dollars spent but lives saved, but how we can set the waves into motion rather than simply communicating a message. Imagine the possibilities when we view ourselves and our businesses as part of a larger force for positive change.

4. Model radical self-commitment

While most of us are comfortable having these conversations outside of work, Paxton believes that leaders have a responsibility to make self-care an integral part of their company culture. It is our responsibility to model values, limits, well-being. Paxton said, “It’s time to celebrate the workforce in their humanness, not their deeds.”

5. Modify the time script

To be at our best, we need to take time to recover, rest and recharge. Corporate athletes ignore this fact, even though professional athletes are aware of it. Paxton says that it’s time to change the script. Instead of free time being a reward for hardwork (which is often not used), we should use free time to prepare for smart work (which increases productivity, creativity, and realization). Holidays should be considered an option, not an optional.

6. Be happy and stop viewing being busy as a success

Overworking will only cause fatigue, exhaustion and illness. It is our responsibility to slow down, create space for creativity, connection and innovation. This is vital for the future success of any business.

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