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Two birds with one stone: Leadership skills and staff wellbeing

Staff wellbeing could be ensured by promoting and supporting leadership skills for all staff at every level and empowering your team. What does this look like in practice? Dr Pooky Knightsmith sets out five steps
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When thinking a little more deeply about staff wellbeing and methods for promoting it, the idea of mastery often comes up as there is good evidence that feeling mastery within our role promotes our wellbeing at work (see, for example, Cameron et al, 2011).

Generally, we interpret this to mean that staff should feel good at their regular job and that we should take steps to develop their skills, confidence, and knowledge as relevant to their core roles.

However, I want to explore an idea for taking this further by promoting leadership skills at every level.

I believe that by promoting leadership skills and capacity for all staff, including the least experienced and most junior, we can develop the feeling of mastery. I think this would be a powerful approach to fostering a culture of inclusivity, innovation, and empowerment, too.

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