It is without a doubt that many companies initially born in the Land of Opportunity are struggling today to make ends meet. As a result, experts feel that it is a time of evolutionary change in the workplace and that begins with re-defining the components of successful leadership.Without the profile of a strong achiever, companies will not survive global competition and what could be an advantageous partnership with those overseas unless leaders really take the steps to building a solid framework. Over the years, leadership has taken several turns; the individualistic approach without warmth or a collaborative setting without consequences. Neither works but generally a balance does. Balance which encompasses a loyal commitment to clients and employees promoting the philosophy that everyone has an essential job in creating company achievement and being rewarded for it. It is not about number one anymore.
According to consensus among several vice presidents in business, the following are suggestions for what 2012 leadership New Years’ resolutions should be.
- Assess the strengths and weaknesses of your team. Status quo is never good enough.
- Make sure you communicate your direction at all times. Be proactive in reducing misguided rumors
- Be honest and don’t be evasive with your employees.
- Look ahead for alternatives in your game plan before being directed from above.
- On complex problems where your expertise is limited, get counsel from team members. Always think about making your team a part of the solution rather than the problem.
- Maintain excellent communication upwards and downwards; no one likes surprises.
- Set goals and objectives; follow-up performance is critical.
- Identify employees to be trained to multi-task
- Creating a warm environment is essential to employee engagement
- Add a few moments of humor to problems that may seem insurmountable. You and your team need to keep smiling regardless of it all.