Simon Sinek has said that, “A boss has the title. A leader has the people.” As a continuation from our blog of 24th October, 2017 on the strengths of a well-rounded leader, we explore some additional strengths that create a well-rounded, successful and dynamic leader.
Courageous leaders empower
Well-centered leaders are confident in themselves and able to empower their staff without feeling threatened in any way. Seeing potential in employees and nurturing their development by empowering them in their job roles is a skill a well-rounded leader has. Delegating decision-making powers to people will allow them to take ownership and really feel part of an organization. Staff will be more motivated and committed to their role and the organization. This ties directly back to engaging staff in the workplace. When a leader is confident in themselves they can freely empower their staff, which is a skill that separates ‘bosses’ from ‘leaders’.
Authentic leaders coach their staff
Savvy leaders know that talent development is not a token bonus for an employee but rather an essential activity that is part of the overall company strategy to drive business success. In the changing market place at this time, talent retention can be an issue. Creating a plan that continually engages staff in the workplace is key and coaching high potential employees is something astute leaders do as a matter of course. For leaders where this doesn’t come naturally, corporate coaching programs, such as the LHH Coaching Conversations Program, teaches coaching skills for leaders and managers.
Strong leaders insist on accountability
The issue of being an accountable leader who takes ownership of his/her performance and outcomes is what separates average leaders from those who excel. Being accountable is more than just being responsible when things go wrong, rather, it is a commitment that the leader stands by to deliver. The focus is not just on tasks or daily job functions, but on the outcome of these – the end result for which they are accountable. It stands to reason that leaders will then in turn need to keep their staff accountable as their employees’ output and delivery of results will enable the leader to reach their own outcomes. Each leader needs to take stock of their own leadership and accountability. LHH|Gulf delivers leadership courses in Dubai such as The Leadership Contract Workshop for leaders and teams to establish this leadership strength at senior levels. Establishing accountability with employees is vital because if employees do not reach the necessary outcomes for their roles, it affects the leader’s ability to deliver his or her stated outcomes.
Watch out for a future blog where we offer some concrete ways leaders can use to fairly hold employees accountable. Contact us at LHH|Gulf if you would like more information on our programs and how we partner with organizations to develop their leaders and employees. firstname.lastname@example.org