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Workplace Leadership

Updated on August 10, 2014

Leaders Roles Are Changing

In the past an effective leader concerned themselves with providing direction and then working through the results.

Today an effective leader needs to be aware of how their team is doing. They need to be able to provide support and encouragement and be involved in team morale and well-being. By providing support as well as direction, team members feel valued, feel that they can put forward new ideas and feel that they can take a chance and it will be recognized, even if it is the wrong one.

Workplace Leadership

What makes a leader and why do they stand out in the workplace?

Leaders are people that are able to influence other people around them and encourage others to turn complex problems into simple solutions.

In short, leaders get things done. They are able to sum up the problem quickly and into a few short issues and then focus the minds of their staff to work through those issues to a solution that is going to solve the problem.

An effective leader understands that they don't necessarily have to solve all of the problems themselves, they are in fact far better off encouraging others to think a way forward.

Leaders should aim high
Leaders should aim high

Leaders As Managers

So just how much management should a leader provide?

If you provide too much then the team will feel like you are micro-managing them and that you believe that only success can come through your constant control.

Not enough and they will believe that you don't want to be involved with the task.

Leaders need to be open to the new ideas of their team. While each and every idea may not be able to be implemented straight away, their staff should be encouraged to always be thinking of how to improve the business and move it forward on a growth trajectory and they should always feel that their contribution is going to be appreciated.

Leaders need to always keep in mind that change is rapid and they can't be across everything that is going on all of the time.

Are you a leader a manager, or neither?

Are you a leader a manager, or neither?

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Are Leaders Born or Made?

This question has been the source of a great deal of managerial debate over the decades. The answer is of course that Leaders Are Made.

Anyone can learn to be a leader. For some people is is going to come far more naturally than others and some will need far more encouragement and mentoring along the way. Even the most skilled leader will benefit from the advice of others and by continuing their education on new changes in strategy and corporate leadership.

One thing that great leaders have perfected though is to always look confident and in control to those that they are leading. Even if you are questioning the decisions that you are making, it is important that your team don't see you as indecisive or apprehensive.

That doesn't meant hat you can't ask what other people think, brainstorm ideas, to conduct research surveys to help develop strategy and direction. They are all part of being a leader.

Humility is part of being a successful leader and acknowledge that you don't know everything and are always learning. You should always know who you can go to for advice or guidance, just as your team should know that they can come to you for the same.

The Leader Today

As leadership styles have changed it is important to recognize that today's leaders are far less focused on dominating their staff and more focused on creating a workplace that is encouraging and inclusive.

The leaders of toady and into tomorrow need to ensure that they are self aware, flexible, able to recognize their own limitations and understand what drives people to perform at their full potential.


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