Tuesday, 11 August 2015

#TuesdayTRIOS 3 Reasons Why #Attentiveness Matters To Leaders

In a previous blog I spoke about the 5A's of Leadership. I want to pick up on one of these in particular for today's #TuesdayTRIOS as this is an area of great importance in my view but which is not always given the profile it deserves. I am talking about Attentiveness.

So what has #Attentiveness got to do with #Leadership and why would you want to ensure that it is a quality nurtured in up and coming generations?

Reason #1 Attentiveness is thoughtfulness, kindness and politeness. 

When you are attentive to others you act like an attentive host, who takes care of his/her guests, ensuring their requirements are satified while in his/her care. Equally, an attentive leader takes care of his/her community, staff and people in general, caring for their well being and nurturing their needs. 
This kindness and thoughtfulness will extend not only to the leader's closest team but by extension to the 'broader' family. Furthermore the leader will apply similar criteria to things such as the surrounding natural and social environment and will be able to capitalise on his/ her ability to understand and appreciate signs of happiness or discontent to anticipate change.

Reason#2 Attentiveness requires emotional intelligence

If the leader has to care for his/ her social and natural environment he/she must firstly be an emotionally intelligent leader, thus capable of empathising, communicating openly, tapping into people emotions and building rapport. It is a well known and researched fact that emotional intelligence is highly available in the most successful leaders, hence it follows that being an attentive leader gives us an additional chance to be successful leaders.

Reason#3 Attentiveness is about being alert and in the present moment

...So it could be otherwise called 'mindfulness'. This is the key to connect deeply with others and build their trust by enhancing one's ability to focus, achieve clarity and - as suggested in an article published by Harvard Business School - appreciate one's feeling and emotions and how they impact others.     

We can all be more attentive leaders. In doing so we are more likely to find that connecting with and  engaging others becomes effortless and it is likely to create a pathway to success.

Alessandra is an experienced mentor, business coach, consultant and strategist. She supports individuals - especially women - and organisations in achieveing their potential through customised, outcome driven interventions . You can find out more about Alessandra here and contact her by email here. 

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