Great Leaders Deliver Success
Having excellent leaders in an organization is vital to its success. It is possible to hire people that are excellent leaders. And while some people are natural born leaders, it is also important to develop people within your organization to become leaders, allowing them to progress through the ranks.
So how do you develop an excellent leader? What are the skills that should be worked on?
Never Stop Learning
Leaders should never stop learning. They should always be focused on becoming even better at what they do, so they can motivate their staff better, help them become more productive and generally take an organization to the next level. This is achieved in a variety of different ways. Training, both formally and informally, is very important, for instance. However, it is just as much about self-improvement and self-assessment, which is something leaders should do of their own volition. Let’s take a look at some of the essential things to know about self-improvement.
Soft Skills Explained
Not everybody understands just what soft skills are, and even fewer people understand why they are so important. However, the reality is that these skills are at the very core of being a good leader. For some people, soft skills are about being in touch with a feminine side, or thinking more like women, which is generally accepted to be a more emotional and empathic way. However, it is about a lot more than that and should not be seen as some kind of gender-differentiation. Soft skills are about intuitiveness and loyalty as well. So what are some of the most essential soft skills all leaders and managers should possess?
No Magical Recipe For Success
If you have a business, you will want it to be a success. However, actually achieving this is really hard and many of us don’t know where to start.
What is success? And why is it that some companies seem to grow and grow and become conglomerates like Virgin, whereas others seem to work equally hard and have the same passion, but go bust? There is no magical recipe for success, but there are a number of things that you can do and look for in your own company to increase your chances. Let’s take a look.
The Impact of Superior Leadership
We know that effective leadership is critically important. We understand that it impacts the way companies are run, and how productive and profitable they are. However, we also know that confidence in leadership is at an all-time low and continues to drop. Not only is this visible in employee surveys, but also in the turnaround of managers in the workplace. On average, a senior manager only stays in their position for 7.6 years, down from 9.5 years in 1995.
Some experts are now suggesting that this is due to the fact that although we know that we need to develop our leaders and managers, we don’t know how to do this. Leadership development is a multi-million dollar industry, but one that focuses on the wrong issues. In fact, some would go so far as to say that these businesses are not about improving management, but rather simply about improving their own bank balance. Let’s take a look at the biggest mistakes made in the industry.