Episode 29 – Leaders who give a damn | Creating safe spaces
Leadership Conversations with Becky Hammond
This conversation is part 4 of a special podcast series where Becky Hammond and I discuss effective and inspiring leadership.
In the final part of the Leaders Who Give a Damn podcast series, we delve into the role of leaders creating a culture where people feel safe.
Over this series, I partnered with Becky from Isogo Strong and if you know her at all, you know that she is a maven in the Strengths world. Becky partners with organisations across the USA to build cultures where people are more engaged and thrive. Becky also inspires couples and mums to look at life differently through a lens of strengths, focussing on what’s right and getting more flow back into their lives.
Together, we get to chat about some aspects of leadership that are perhaps LEAST talked about yet have the opportunity to be MOST impactful in your role as leader. Whether you are in that role as a leader now or it is in your future, this series is for you.
In this episode we discuss how creating safe spaces is all about trust – and freedom. The freedom to fail, to make mistakes, to have tough conversations and resolve conflict, and the freedom to talk about how you feel and not be judged by your leader or your peers. The greatest success with implementing this is everyone knowing the difference between freedom and expectation.
We also discuss examples of spaces that are not safe and the further impact this had on the team and even the customers – it’s a long game that has far reaching effect.
Other key takeaways from this episode include:
- The steps leaders need to take to start creating safe spaces – hint, it starts with how you show up!
- How we build a culture of trust and meeting the four needs of our followers
- How to create an environment where there’s a collaborative and ongoing conversation.
So, catch this conversation about Leaders Who Give a Damn on your favourite podcast app.