Welcome to the REAL. Leadership newsletter. 

Were you surprised by the question in the title of the email “Are you OK?”

We are now four months into 2022 and it’s certainly been a tough year so far.

For business leaders, as COVID continues to linger, significant challenges are still being faced. Managing digital and hybrid workplaces and the continued health, economic and financial uncertainty initiated by the pandemic, stress for employees continues to be high. In addition access to talent continues to be a challenge, with retaining talent tougher than it has ever been.

Employees are leaving their jobs in high numbers and the country is seeing a trend in candidates ghosting interviews and a highly competitive market continues to pose significant business challenges.

“How are you?”

This month REAL. Founder Steve Charlton looks at the importance of asking people how they are and why we should be careful how we ask this question? Connect with Steve at steve@realleadership.consulting or via LinkedIn.
What’s included in Talking REAL. this month?

  • This month we hear from UK-based 87% on why it’s essential to check in with your team and how you can support employees dealing with stress and wellbeing.
  • We reflect on an article that we wrote at the end of 2021 asking people if they are struggling to lead right now? This article is just as relevant now and if you need some top tips on how to cope with leadership challenges then this is the article for you.
  • In our REAL. Leadership library we choose a book used by the silicon valley visionaries that highlights the importance of the people in your life.

This month we hear from UK based 87%, a multi-award winning platform that helps business leaders make informed decisions to improve organisational health and allows them to track performance against the benchmark. This article explains why it is essential to check in with your team, ask how they are and why workplace wellbeing matters so much and how you can support employees dealing with stress and poor wellbeing. Find out more via our latest REAL Leadership blog post and if you would like more information on 87% please contact: Alexandra Lichtenfeld, Client Services, Employee Wellbeing Specialist email: alex@87percent.me mobile: 07896 484609.

 At the end of last year we shared a post asking business leaders if they were struggling to lead right now. We know from the response we received that this was a challenge that many people were facing in unprecedented times.

A look back at the article and it is as relevant now as it was at the end of 2021. 

A friend of REAL Leadership, a retired psychiatrist, summed it up perfectly “humans are conditioned to be in control of things, even more those in leadership roles, but right now they aren’t and they may never be again, so they need to learn to live with that…”

Find out more about how to cope with leadership challenges and how to be a pioneer of a new style of leadership, relinquishing those outdated, traditional views and prioritising people, purpose, empathy, authenticity and agility above anything else.

In a month where we are focusing on “How are you” you may be surprised at our choice of book this month!

The Trillion Dollar Coach is a book by Bill Campbell who played an instrumental role in the growth of several prominent companies, such as Google, Apple, and Intuit, fostering deep relationships with Silicon Valley visionaries, including Steve Jobs, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt.

This is not just another leadership book though. As Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google said about the book:

‘Whenever I saw Bill, he gave me great perspective about what really matters. At the end of the day, it’s the people in your life. Bill had such strong principles around community and how to bring people together. We used those principles – detailed in Trillion Dollar Coach – to form the foundation of Google’s leadership training, so all of our leaders can continue to learn from Bill.’

We’d love to hear your thoughts about this book and whether you have implemented Bill’s principles in your leadership role.

What our clients have to say….

“Steve is a very considered and articulate person, who leads by example. He has superb leadership skills, is thoughtful, inclusive and keen to develop the very best in people, whatever their roles, with an extremely approachable, patient and empathetic manner.”

Catherine Marchant, Charity Consultant/Interim CEO

We are really proud of the positive feedback and testimonials that we receive from the REAL. Leadership clients. Find out more here.

“The leader of the past was a person who knew how to tell. The leader of the future will be a person who knows how to ask.”
Peter Drucker

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