Leadership is all about guiding and inspiring a group of people towards a common goal. Throughout the human history, leaders have adopted this basic principle; particular actions and behavior that inspire the teams have changed also.
Shifting workplace dynamics and social norms in some recent year’s means that are some management tactics of decades before are not the most vital anymore. Either you are a new leader or just looking to update your leadership strategies, some pointers about managing the workplace are hereunder:
Behave like a coach, not Expert
Leaders, at the executive level, have been regarded as leaders with final say all the decisions – regardless of what other team members think.
Leaders have stopped behaving like “expert” regarding their titles, said by Demetra Anagnostopoulos, EVP, Business Development, and Strategy. Rather, leaders embrace themselves as coaches, hubs, and conveners of knowledge, bringing talent and expertise from the peers, direct reports, and superiors.
Today, leadership is more about transformation, inspiration, creativity, and authenticity, rather than authoritarian styles, a keynote speaker, and a leadership consultant. The days are over. If you want centennials and millennial in the workplace, you should change your behavior of leadership.
Anagnostopoulos said there is a related shift regarding hierarchies management, where there is a clear decision making, to manage matrixes and in flat organizations.
This needs a collaborative mindset along with decision-making practice which is inclusive of stakeholders who lend themselves to holding power versus sharing power.
Adapt to the personalities and needs of the team
There are many personality traits – agreeableness, extraversion, and conscientiousness – that are associated with being an expert leader. Based on the team research, an assistant professor at a university argues that an effective is dependent on how a leader’s personality is strong to fit the team’s needs, particularly if we talk about team’s views and preferences on power distance.
Generally, it is an effective idea to build a strong relationship with all the team members and personalize the leadership approach.
Now a day, employees consider leaders who are authentic, genuine, accessible, and informed, said by Anderson. Instead of staying in the offices, managers should promote a human approach to team’s relationships.
Anagnostopoulos said, “Leaders need to humanize themselves because of the virtual nature of relationships and how work is done in today’s digital and global economy”.
She also noted that humanizing yourself promotes strong trust and relationship. Following behaviors or actions can help you with this:
A Track Record
This is based on the past behavior, the team is aware of what you are and how you operate under various circumstances and scenarios.
Transparency in Decision Making
Your team knows about your certain decisions and their logic.
You have a trained, experienced, and educated team.
Your team is understanding and has invested in mission, vision, and values of your organization.
The last is the most important point. You should have a clear personal vision as a leader. You can also build trust via social media presence. This is a good way to get a little better about what is happening within your industry and company.
You are replaceable and accountable. One day you will not be a boss. See your role as steward – serving others.