The best investment is the one you make in your workforce. Try these tips to make sure your employees are engaged and excited about work. High engagement leads to high productivity, something sadly lacking in the majority of organisations. Often seen as a nice to have rather than a commercial imperative. Originally appeared in Inc written by By Maria Haggerty, the CEO of Dotcom Distribution @mhaggertyCEO.
We’ve all heard before that change is the only constant in life. Well one of the biggest jobs of a leader is to navigate their team through change. Whether your leadership style is servant-, relationship-, participatory-, or transformational- based (or a combination) leading others to actionable results is an unwieldy task. There is a big gap between pronouncing that change is needed and then actually affecting change. What’s involved? What mindsets are required? Natalie Nixon Principal of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC writing here for Inc.com, asked 6 leaders with a diverse range of leadership styles their perspective on what it takes for a leader to affect change. Here below are their thoughts.
Great leaders know they have to motivate employees by painting a clear picture of where the job is heading and what is waiting for them down the road. Nothing motivates people in quite the same way as vision-casting for employees. If you can muster enough empathy for that employee, you know the job is a bit tedious.
Leading change in a company in distress means many things have to happen quickly. That usually means culture is put on the back burner as a “nice to have.” As a serial CEO, I’ve led six companies through transformational change throughout 20 years, and I’ve found that authentic leadership—and the culture that results—is a multiplier of productivity and a driver of success. The fast-paced, dynamic world of rapid change that used to be confined to distressed organizations is now everyone’s world.
There are fundamental differences between leadership and management that apply to any team or organization, but the focus of this article is to explore the strengths of each as they apply to leading organizational change.
Just as there are universal principles that determine what works and what doesn’t work in a business, the same can be said about leadership.
Women are paving the way for a new style of leadership that is confident, authentic, and highly effective. The presence of women in C-Suite roles is certainly important but I am encouraged that more women are leading in other transformative ways.
As an entrepreneur, knowingly or not, YOU are your company’s culture, and that culture sets the tone for how your company operates and communicates every single day.
Different companies have their own ideas and standards of what leadership material looks like in their specific culture, and those characteristics aren’t always obvious or openly communicated to the vast majority of workers looking for advancement.
Tomorrow’s leadership contests will be between those who rush to tackle the biggest problems on the horizon today and those who ignore or deny them.