How can a psychotherapist help with leadership?

Improving leadership is often the domain of coaching. Psychotherapy can help you understand the internal conflicts or concerns that prevent you from being a better leader. In addition, it usually leads to improved perception of one’s feelings and greater authenticity. It can help improve listening and empathy for others. All this is essential for modern leadership.

What is leadership?

A leader sets visions or goals, and others naturally follow him or her. While the leader leads through a vision and the support of internal motivation in a team, a manager is more focused on planning, organizing work tasks and making a profit. Managerial skills can be learned, personal maturity is also important for a leader. A manager can become a leader.


How to lead people well?

Both a leader and a good manager set goals, listen to people and support their inner motivation. They take care of the growth and development of team members, choose capable people for the team and are not afraid that they will outgrow them. They focus on positive results, looking for strategies and solutions to difficult situations, instead of assigning blame. They provide feedback and are open to it at the same time. Good leaders are also authentic and accessible to others. For all this, it is also necessary for the leader to understand themself, to know their strengths, but also their weaknesses and problems. Psychotherapy can help individuals with that.

How to motivate employees?

It is essential, especially for non-manual professions, to support the internal motivation of employees. Set goals and let them work as much as possible in their own way, support their learning, involve them in events and the decision making process. Along with the tasks pass on also the responsibility. Appreciate people’s work and provide fair and development-oriented feedback instead of negative criticism.

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How to give feedback?

Effective feedback is future-oriented and shows the possibilities for further development, it is provided individually and on time. It is a good idea to ask the employee at the beginning to evaluate their work and give him or her enough space and attention. Constructive feedback specifically describes the observable behavior or outcomes of the work and their consequences, both positive and negative. Managers are sometimes afraid to give feedback as they can be afraid of resistance or conflict. If they follow the basic rules and have a genuine interest in the other person, the result can be a meaningful dialogue that supports employee development. The ability to separate facts from one’s own feelings and to be able to describe both greatly facilitates the basis of good feedback. Psychotherapy can also help with this.


How to influence managerial style?

Each manager has his or her own style of how he or she works with people, whether he or she is authoritative or democratic, whether he or she trusts people or constantly controls them. Style is influenced by education, personality and culture. Many managers use, often unknowingly, the same style as their superior. In psychotherapy, it can be shown how a person as a manager really feels, whether he or she is not trying to behave in a way that is in conflict with his or her setting. At the same time, authenticity is promoted, which increases a manager’s credibility.


How can online psychotherapy help with leadership?

Managers and leaders of companies are exposed to challenging work situations, including conflicts. They often complain that they have no one to share the challenges with and that they feel as if they don’t have adequate support. It is therefore useful to turn to an expert who will listen to them and offer a safe space for sharing emotions. Executives are often busy, so online psychotherapy can be a way to save time with commuting. For examplee, a psychological consultation can be combined with a walk.

The real story of the client and how the therapy helped them:

“I am working in a new position as a project manager and leading a team of people from whom I received negative feedback. I make slow decisions because I’m afraid to make mistakes. I’m afraid I’ll lose my job because of it. In therapy, therefore, I learned to stand up to my fear and practice mistakes, I tried to make mistakes intentionally to realize that nothing terrible would happen. Thanks to this, I am more flexible at work and I can solve things that are urgent faster, so I do not delay others.”

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