Never forget your starting point⁉

One of the greatest privileges of a true leader is to see their team members grow, flourish, and eventually spread their wings. True leaders invest time, resources, and energy into cultivating talents and empowering people to take on new challenges.

However, what happens when some of these team members, after reaching new heights, seem to forget the journey they embarked on?
Some people start believing they are invincible, detached from the experiences that shaped them into the leaders they are today.
Being promoted is not just a test of character, but also a reflection of leadership approach.
How to handle such situations?

How to maintain a balance between empowering team members and ensuring they remain grounded and connected to their roots?

Here are a few strategies to navigate this challenge:

1. Lead by example
Leaders set the tone for their team members. Demonstrate humility, gratitude, and a strong sense of self-awareness in your own actions and words. Embrace opportunities to share your own journey, including the obstacles you've faced and the mentors who have guided you.

2. Maintain open communication
Foster an environment where team members feel comfortable expressing their thoughts, concerns, and ambitions. Encourage open dialogue about their journey, the challenges they've overcome, and the support they've received along the way.

3. Provide constructive feedback
When team members show disconnection from their past, offer constructive
feedback with empathy and understanding. Emphasize the importance of remaining grounded and appreciative of the journey.

4. Encourage reflection
Encourage team members to regularly reflect on their journey, including the lessons learned, the challenges overcome, and the support received along the way.

5. Celebrate milestones together
Celebrate both individual and team achievements, recognizing the collective effort that has led to success. Use these moments to reaffirm the value of each team member's contributions, regardless of their current position or title. This way you reinforce unity, collaboration, and gratitude.

Never stop empowering team members to spread their wings, while also reminding them of the journey that has brought them to where they are today.
Together we can cultivate a new generation of leaders who lead with integrity, empathy, and a deep appreciation for their roots.

Jelena Vuletic

Executive Coach

Profile: Passionately focuses on helping individuals unlock their full potential and achieve their professional goals. Her style is rooted in empathy, trust and collaboration.

Expertise: Leadership coach, Somatic coach, Team coach

Education: ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Certified Erickson Coach 

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