21 Feb Leadership Behaviours for Results
When I ask leaders what they do on a daily basis I receive various different responses. Leaders can spend their day responding to a constant stream of emails, attending PR activities, dealing with the demands of employees, balancing the budget, writing reports or having round table discussions with management teams and consultants, and then more meetings!
Whilst all of these things are important when leading an organisation, I wonder, with all this going on, how are you being a positive leader, promoting inclusion and cohesion in your workplace?
Being a leader is important and it’s more than just being the ‘face’ of the organisation or the person that has the responsibility of signing the pay checks at the end of each week. As a leader there is an opportunity to achieve, succeed, create change, bring about a positive mindset for high performance whilst balancing the budget.
BUT, as a leader, you also face challenges of creating a positive work environment, increasing productivity when staff morale and satisfaction is low and ultimately being responsible for the success or the demise of your organisation (scary thought isn’t it!).
So what’s the number one way to increase the success of your organisation? If you answered happy, motivated and positive staff you would be correct.
What is the number one way to have happy, motivated and positive staff you ask? Well, it’s not just one quality, trait or thought process, it’s a combination of all of these things and more!
There have been so many studies, articles, newsletters and ideas written about being a motivated and positive leader, but recently I found an article written by Joe Folkman entitled ‘Top 9 Leadership Behaviours that Drive Employee Commitment” that captivated me and I wanted to share it with you.
The article talks about how leaders influence their teams and how they can inspire staff, increase productivity and has points about being self aware of your own leadership style, at the end of the article, it has some practical questions that you can ask yourself about your leadership style. Click here to read the article
There are numerous techniques, attributes and skills that leaders can use to generate positivity in others and in turn, success in their organisation. I have come to the conclusion that we first have to reflect on our own leadership style, what behaviours we display to others, how our mindset operates in the workplace and how much time we invest in changing the things that we need to change, only then can we be positive leaders and bring out the best in our workplaces.
“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others; but far enough ahead to motivate them.” John Maxwell.
Until next time,