Written by UK based Associate Coach Patrick Lagutaris.
We have all encountered successful leaders who have gotten us thinking—what makes these people so effective? Is it their title, seniority or number of direct reports?
Think back to your own experience: if you’ve ever had a manager who failed to inspire you towards a common vision, you know that leadership and one’s position in an organization do not always go hand in hand.
The ability to motivate others to go the extra mile has become increasingly important in today’s global economy. Most organizations cannot afford to have a work force that does the bare minimum required to keep their jobs—that is why strong leaders are more important than ever.
So what do great leaders do? I would like to share my thoughts, based on what I have learned in my career as an executive coach.
Great leaders build winning cultures.
First, good leaders achieve business objectives. In other words, they deliver results—both short and long term—while investing in people as well as new products and services. Success is fun and attracts top talent.
Good leaders also build and maintain strong teams. They put together diverse thinkers who foster an environment of innovation. The secret to creating a dream team is to have variety in age, culture, ethnicity and gender.
In addition, good leaders are focused on developing leadership bench strength. This means having robust leadership development and succession planning programs in place. Organizations that fail to grow current and future leaders run the risk of missing opportunities that have financial consequences.
Finally, good leaders build a culture where people thrive and innovate, which ultimately retains talent. People know what they are accountable for, receive recognition for their achievements and contributions, understand around how their objectives support company goals and have opportunities to develop their skills.
So why then do leaders with great knowledge and skills fail to succeed or achieve their potential?
While technical skills and knowledge are great assets and necessary for success, they don’t guarantee top performance in today’s highly competitive global business climate. Emotional and social skills are critical areas of competency that are often overlooked. Lacking well developed emotional and socials skills can derail an otherwise talented individual from achieving long-term success.
Do you consider yourself a leader? If so, how you are taking steps towards building a winning culture? What do you look for when putting together your dream team? I invite you to share your thoughts.
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