To drive meaningful change, it is essential that leaders have broad awareness and be willing to admit that the status quo does not work. If a leader cannot bring him/herself to admit to being aware of the the very obvious visible to all around us, should they really be leading anything?
Classroom lectures in management schools can not equip managers to deal with the contact sport of managing and developing people. These learnings from my experience may resonate.
Most hiring is happenstance; wrong hiring decisions are not irreversible; talent cannot thrive in unsuitable work conditions; one and done is no way to build an inclusive organisation: these are some of the lessons I have learnt through my career.
Don’t just fire that “toxic” employee. Stop, reflect, examine the role your leadership and your organisation played in fostering that toxicity. Then fix it.
I pick social commentary, business books, quirky books on popularity, a business novel and poetry. Most are not on popular lists. Which is why this list is worth a read.