Becoming a great leader isn’t a day’s job. It takes time, patience and a lot of understanding of human behavior before you finally become a leader who is loved and respected by everyone in the organization. Leaders are the reflection of an organization’s values.
In modern times, where every aspect of an organization is being upgraded and the focus is shifting to creating an employee-centric culture at work, the leadership styles too, are changing.
To look after the current workforce that is dominated by Millenials, the leaders are opting for an interactive and more engaging leadership style. The following are the seven imperatives of great leadership at work:
- Coaching: A great leader invests resources and his time on making coaching plans for them and then executing them so that their managers do the same thing with their employees.
- Skip level meetings: Great leaders are very good at this. Skip level meetings are those where a person of senior-level management meets with employees that are more than a level down to him in the chain.
- Great communication: One of the greatest leaders and communicators of time, Sir Winston Churchill once said, “The difference between mere management and true leadership is communication.”
- Motivation: Great leaders will look for things that motivate their employees and keep them going. They will be optimistic and will always push their employees forward. They create an aura of positivity and optimism where everyone is given a chance to prove his worth.
- Building trust: Great leaders are the most trustworthy ones. It takes years to build the trust of employees.
- Accountability: All of those who have ever worked in a corporate know that when it comes to taking ownership of a task that is not complete, everyone points fingers at others.
- Empathy: Empathy is one of the 5 elements of the concept of Emotional Intelligence. Empathetic leaders are loved by everyone in the organization as they can relate and connect with them on an intellectual level and not just at the professional level.
There are a lot of things that differentiate normal people from leaders. Leaders focus on the holistic development of the organization and on the company's growth that is accompanied with every employee’s personal growth and development as well. Today’s managers are tomorrow’s leaders. Everyone should learn as much as they can from their leaders and always thrive for becoming a better person so that they can help the next gens just like their leaders helped them.