“What’s the number-one trait successful leaders share?”
I ask this question at the start of some of our leadership workshops - in companies as varied in size, industry, age, and stage as you could imagine.
The answers are always interesting. Beyond the surface-interpretation of “these traits are what makes a good leader,” the responses also speak to each person’s values and to the organization’s culture.
Pencil or Ink founder Ellie Hearne on the trait leaders should cultivate.
“Alongside the practical challenges of a diffuse workforce (staying present during back-to-back calls, working across timezones, reading nuance and tone from brief emails, and the like), a more pointed issue lurks: workplace loneliness. What’s more, you don’t have to be working from home to experience it. Employees who work in open-plan offices surrounded by team members can easily feel isolated, too, precisely because of the veneer of connection tech provides.”
Pencil or Ink founder Ellie Hearne on the challenges and opportunities of leading a remote workforce.
Mastering your career whilst also having a family/personal life will always be challenging. But there are things we can all do to make workplaces better for parents and nonparents alike.
Our Founder Ellie Hearne on the return to “human” leadership.
It’s great that you graduated top of your class and can write code - but can you give a peer feedback about what they just said in your team meeting? Feedback that will make a lasting and positive difference?
For many leaders, that’s a hard “No.”
Pencil or Ink founder Ellie Hearne on how companies are setting leaders up to fail - what can be done about it.
In work and in life, there are few skills as powerful or as underrated as listening well. But not many people are naturally good at it. And in business, listening well is a must.
There are plenty of reasons not to try delegating, but the pros of assigning work to others far outweigh the cons.