I work with leaders and teams in business and it is becoming increasingly apparent that there is a need for emerging and existing leaders to master new skills and mindset due to a rapidly increasing change the business world is going through. Technological advancements create disruptions, businesses and corporations are becoming leaner and flatter, new technologies impacting the workforce, diminishing centralised functions and challenges working in highly competitive markets with remote teams.
The role of a leader is evolving and changing. Technology continues to advance our ability to process, automate and connect. Social demands from workers are stronger, work/life balances is critical for the millennial generation. Fathers are now taking “parental leave”. Social and networking communities and tribes are increasing creating social and commercial change in how collaboration and innovation.
So how do we enable leaders today to build a thriving community of engaged and inspired employees?
Firstly, leaders need to recognise the importance of their people. There role is to support their employees to be successful. When leaders make their people their priority their behaviours align to creating a positive culture by encouraging, acknowledgment, effectively communicating, coaching and influencing.
Another observation I have noticed is how leaders tend to continue to focus “what I am doing” ie: the job, tasks, function, processes and so on. As opposed to reflecting on who I am being as a leader in my relationships with my employees, peers, stakeholders and customers.
Leaders need to bring to life their vision and/or purpose and walk their talk.
At a recent client meeting with a Leader, I suggested reviewing their team purpose (as a Leadership team) in an up and coming Leadership session I am facilitating. The leader stated.. “oh yes its on our wall and I cant remember it”!!
Leaders influence and role-model through behaviours that can demonstrate how they value their employees. There are 8 essential qualities, attributes and values that positively impact success. Check out my article on the “8 Essential Qualities of High Performing Leaders”, Unlock the secrets on the essential qualities of a high performing leader.
Leaders who are enabled and empowered to thrive in tomorrows world with the right skillset and mindset will become the masters of agile leadership, can self adapt through hightened self awareness, be courageous and have their voice heard in the face of challenge and disruption and be responsive through adopting new ways of working.
As Simon Sinek, Richard Branson and other global leaders commonly state…
” Leaders must be passionate about people, put people first and the money will grow”.
Here’s why and how leaders will succeed in tomorrow’s world.
- Leaders are aware they influence and create the environment in which employees feel safe. Master Influencing Skills
- Leaders understand their work purpose is to see others succeed first and then focus on the financial metrics?
- Leaders ask their team to align to a vision and asks everyone to agree to a “meaningful purpose” for work they do fostering an inspired tribe.
- Leaders “self reflect” and ask the important questions. “How can I do better as a Leader?” How can I be more effective?” “What behaviours do I want to change for a positive outcome?” “How can I adapt to allow myself to still have powerful, positive relationships with my peers, stakeholders, customers, employees during challenging and disruptive times.
- Leaders understand that regular “self reflection”, personal and professional development speeds up success and results.
- Leaders lead their teams by asking a powerful question…..“How can I help you to become more successful?”
- Leaders understand they need to master “Communication, Coaching and Influencing” Skills.
- Leaders implement effective systems, are organised with their own and their teams disciplines, business or team rhythm and rituals on a daily basis. Resulting in building strong, positive and powerful daily habits.
- Leaders have clarity of their priorities, performance expectations of themselves and their people.
- Leaders recognise the importance of creating a “culture, as a brand” for their employees that is positively recognised and valued by others in the organisation or other businesses.