The Importance of Command Climate

To build a better workplace, and create greater engagement, it's crucial to foster an atmosphere of inclusion and presence.

Yet while there are plenty of techniques or methods aimed to help associates feel more included or leaders to seem more accessible, the truth is that a methodology is only as effective as the command climate in which it is being used.

A leader who is not mentally present, or who has Emotional & Social Intelligence (ESI) deficits, or fear-driven behavior will often find that typical "employee engagement" techniques fall flat or maybe even backfire.

By comparison, a fearless leader — one with high ESI, who routinely acts with inspired courage and stays “present” and mindful — will naturally tend to generate a command climate conducive to high engagement.

Most of the Factors Affecting Command Climate are Unconscious

Employees, team members, and associates make choices to engage or disengage hundreds if not thousands of times a day.

And very few of those choices are fully conscious. They are gut level responses based on an emotional sense of:

  • Am I appreciated in the organization, and is the difference between my very best work and merely OK work not only noticed, but rewarded?
  • Are our actions directed towards real, meaningful goals and work, or are we involved in essentially non-productive activities?
  • Does the boss respect and actually use my opinions when I express them?
  • If pursuing this goal puts me in conflict with my co-workers, how uncomfortable will it be? What price will I have to pay, socially and politically and emotionally?
  • When I tell my boss about a perceived snafu or problem, how does she handle it?
  • If I disagree with my boss’s perceptions, what happens?
  • When other people under perform, what happens to them?

ESI and Command Climate

Unsurprisingly, all of the unconscious choices presented above are directly influenced by or made on the basis of Emotional and Social Intelligence, specifically the ESI of the leader.

Yet almost none of these things are ever formally or explicitly communicated by or to the leader. Instead they are expressed by behavior, body language, and other non-verbals.

So influencing those choices often has to be made at the same level and through the same means. And that’s where Fearless Leaders Group Coaching comes in.

The Fearless Leader Coaching Model addresses command climate and creates greater employee engagement by:

  • dramatically improving the leader’s ESI,
  • replacing fear-driven with fearless behavior,
  • and by increasing the leader's overall mindfulness.

These tools and efforts transform the unconscious signals that the leader sends and the subconscious gut sense that employees have regarding their permission and safety to swing for the fences with their best work.

That’s how a Fearless Leaders Group engagement increase employee work quality and engagement across the organization -- one leader and one command climate at a time.

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