Effective leaders are at the center of many successful businesses, frequently rivaling the impact of a compelling product, a marketplace niche, or a unique value proposition. In fact, a DDI global survey found that organizations with the highest quality leaders were 13 times more likely to outperform their competition in key bottom-line metrics such as financial performance.
Make sure you’re leading your business in a way that drives results by focusing on these seven key leadership ingredients.
1. Be crystal clear
Being transparent about the state of the business and its objectives helps employees understand their roles in pushing the organization forward. But when polling businesses that only 14 percent of employees have a solid understanding of their company’s strategy and direction. From monthly newsletters to daily team huddles, employ a regular communication plan that spotlights priorities and defines the path to results.
2. Remember: nobody’s perfect
Whether it’s technological limitations or R&D shortcomings, it’s important to remind yourself of how much you don’t know. Better yet, make a list of those in the organization who know more in certain areas and create opportunities to leverage their talents. While know-it-alls incite resentment, acknowledging your imperfections can help you earn respect and foster a more collaborative environment that stimulates performance.
3. Trust in employees
After defining responsibilities and expectations, give team members space to perform and experiment, providing coaching and encouragement along the way. At the same time institute accountability measures, especially for employees working remotely, by monitoring key performance metrics or scheduling quarterly meetings to assess objectives, responsibilities, and results.
4: Focus on the positives
From losing clients to missing sales projections, all businesses hit obstacles. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. In a study of IT employees and managers, researchers found that “positive leadership correlated with employee optimism, engagement, and project performance”. The lesson there? Reflect on achievements and share successes with your team. Then you and your team can define concrete ways to build on recent accomplishments and reverse the unsatisfactory marks.
5: Celebrate contributions
From public recognition in a company-wide email to a handwritten note, sharing credit inspires collaboration, motivates workers, and aligns individuals to organizational performance.
6: Keep calm, carry on
Employees, many of whom face long careers, generally appreciate visionary leadership committed to building a sustainable organization.When Jorgen Vig Knudstorp became CEO of LEGO, the toymaker hovered near bankruptcy. Rather than installing shortsighted, reactive fixes, Knudstorp crafted a multi-layered, strategic plan that included improving relationships with employees and customers, introducing tighter financial controls, and engaging fans in the design process.
7: Enjoy it
Work can be fun. And breaking the monotonous routine of the workday allows staff to flex their physical or intellectual muscles and strengthen connections with one another. Recognize the value of play and create an environment where people can rejuvenate their bodies and minds through competitions or team-building events. Enjoy an afternoon at the bowling center, plant a neighborhood garden, or host a lunchtime trivia contest.
Lead with purpose
In today’s fast-paced, ultra-competitive business environment, strong leadership powers results— a reality savvy leaders embrace. By mixing in these seven key leadership ingredients, you can build a more connected and motivated workforce energized to perform and succeed.
Finally one of the all-time mentors and leaders in local organizations that I always look up to, is Dr Abdulhussain ben Ali Mirza, who has been an influencer not only for a generation followed him in Bapco but also a symbol of charismatic and modern school of leadership for organizations.