WHAT EVERY LEADER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SEEKING APPROVAL
The Fine Line of Seeking Approval in the Workplace
Leadership is a journey, much like being a captain of a ship sailing through rough seas and unpredictable storms. As the captain of the ship, you must steer the ship in the right direction, make tough decisions, and communicate effectively with your crew to ensure everyone is working together towards the same goal.
But what happens when you’re focused on seeking approval from your crew? While it's important to listen to your crew's feedback, you cannot be distracted from your ultimate course by constantly seeking approval.
Seeking approval in the workplace is common and can help you gain recognition, build rapport, and establish yourself as a leader. However, if you take it too far, you might start feeling like a doormat and lose your independence. This could lead to being too scared to make bold decisions or take risks, which can stunt your personal and professional growth.
So, how can you find the right balance between seeking approval and leading with confidence? Firstly, it's essential to understand why you crave approval in the first place. Perhaps, you have low self-esteem, and to boost your confidence, consider working with a mentor or coach to help you focus on your own needs and wants. Additionally, setting personal goals can also help you regain your confidence and reduce your dependence on others' approval.
Setting healthy boundaries with your team is also critical. Let your team know what you expect from them and communicate your own needs and expectations clearly. By doing so, you will prevent becoming too dependent on their approval, maintain your independence, and still build strong relationships.
Lastly, do not be afraid to make tough decisions and maintain a sense of authority. Leaders who are constantly seeking approval can appear indecisive and uncertain, which erodes their effectiveness and undermines their leadership.
Striking a balance between seeking approval and leading with confidence and purpose is essential to build positive relationships, maintaining your independence, and leading your team effectively. As a leader, it's important to remember that seeking approval is not a weakness, but when it becomes the sole focus, it can impede your growth and effectiveness.
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