All successful growing organizations have one thing in common – effective leadership. Great leaders are visionaries and strategic thinkers that have the long-term success of their businesses in mind. Think about the leaders you have in your organization. Do they have the qualities it takes to become an effective leader? Do they work well with your team? Are they visionaries? Do they take initiative? Here are a few qualities effective leaders every organization should have.
Employers not trusting their employees to do what they were hired to do is one of the biggest problems we see in leadership today. Not only is it expensive to recruit a new employee, but based on a 2017 study by Glassdoor it takes, on average, 23.8 days to go through the hiring process with a new employee. Why go through the time and effort of building up your team if you’re not going to coach them or help them develop into more productive workforce professionals? These non-productive actions are only hurting your organization.
When you build trust within your team, you inspire your employees and managers to work optimally and build more trust within your team company. Your team feels more satisfied, more productive, and in turn, they communicate and work more effectively. It also empowers you to accomplish and focus more on the growth and success of your company.
As a leader, it’s important to be able to communicate effectively with your employees. If your team is fearful of communicating with you, you can’t expect them to communicate openly with you. To be effective, you need to take the time to get to know each team member, ask questions, encourage, and, most importantly, – listen. Don’t shut down their ideas or opinions because you don’t feel you have time. Actively listen to your employees and show them the same respect you expect to receive. Also, try to provide your team with teachable moments by offering solutions or strategies to fix problems when they’re brought to your attention.
Businesses face challenges every single day, and it’s not getting any easier. Technology and the economy are forever changing, so it’s important that you have leaders understand their role, the company’s needs, and their long-term objectives success. But being a leader does not mean that they have all the answers. The difference between a leader and a manager is that a leader knows when to take responsibility for their mistakes, and knows when to ask for help, and how to inspire. Steve Jobs put it best when he said:
“Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.” – Steve Jobs
If leaders are not inspiring ideas and trust, owning up to mistakes, and are not communicating with teams effectively, it’s not effective leadership. As a leader strives to be the best they can be and inspires others to do the same.
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