November: The Leader in All of Us
According to research, leadership competencies can be grouped into five main themes. Reflect on the themes below and explore how you've demonstrated leadership in each of these areas. After considering your past and present, think about how you can model these behaviours in your workplace going forward.
- Create a safe and trusting environment. How have you contributed to creating an environment where others can flourish?
- Empower others. Recognizing that no one person can do it all, how have you empowered others to reach their potential?
- Foster a sense of belonging. Communication both verbal and non-verbal is foundational for leaders - how have you used communication to create connections?
- Be open to new ideas. How have you approached bringing forward new ideas? What has the response been when you've brought these ideas forward?
- Nurture growth. How have you demonstrated a commitment to ongoing development? What are some creative ways of promoting it in the workplace that doesn't require additional time or funding?
October: The Ripple Effect
Appreciation and recognition help improve your school/home/work culture by fostering trust, social connection, motivation and engagement.
The science between recognition is pretty clear: the cost of giving it has little to do with its impact on the recipient. Even small gestures can go a long way! Some things to keep in mind:
- Be sincere and honest
- Think free (no financial pressure)
- Be timely
- Personalize the message
- Keep it clear and concise
- Be specific and relevant
- Just do it! Express your gratitude
Explore just how far the ripple from small acts of appreciation and recognition can go.
September: Take the Time for Wellness
September is a great time to create a plan for balance with all the excitement and challenges that come with a new school year. Think about where you are on your health journey, where you'd like to be and how you might get there. Use the eight key dimensions of wellness in your life:
- Emotional - You're aware of your feelings and express them in beneficial ways.
- Environmental - Where you live, work and play are safe and leave you inspired, calm and creative.
- Financial - Your current situation isn't a source of stress. You're knowledgable about personal finances and actively planning your future.
- Occupational - You're engaged and fulfilled at work. You find it interesting, meaningful and personally enriching.
- Physical - You keep your body well cared for by eating healthy, moving often, practicing proper sleep, hygiene and attending medical appointments.
- Social - Your communication skills are strong and you have a supportive social and professional network. Your interactions help you foster a sense of connection and belonging.
- Spiritual - You spend time reflecting on and appreciating your life and purpose. Your actions are aligned with your beliefs and values, and you're comfortable with who you are.