A few thoughts from LinkedIn about becoming a good leader…
> It’s no longer about barking out directions. It’s about listening to ideas and comments. It’s about engagement, communication, teamwork and collaboration.
> Having a culture that is open, welcoming and supportive is no longer just an option for companies. Today, employees consider those values as much as they consider salary and benefits when deicing on a desirable workplace.
> While it is mostly about giving directions on what to do, it is as important to explain why…and that often requires stepping out of the office to show the staff how to do it.
> “Walking the floors”…it’s about cultivating a positive environment to let employees’ opinion be heard. (I previously spoke about the importance of MBWA…Management By Walking Around. What was new & fresh 40 years ago still works today!!!)
> To become a profound leader, there are usually four general traits…Clear direction, good communication, empathy and the ability to lead from the front.
> Employees want to work in an organization that offers the opportunity to develop new skills sets…and to grow into leaders. Have a lot of training programmes for staff. Put them on task forces. Create special groups or digital councils whereby ideas are put together. Allow high potential staff to do cross-business projects, which are often not in their area of comfort. As such, there is always the opportunity to learn and to grow.
I STRONGLY recommend that you not only become a LinkedIn member, but that you join several of the hundreds & hundreds of industry-specific groups as well as follow some of the best & most well-respected companies out there.
There is SOOOO much to learn out there. And just as valuable, it’ll help you remember stuff that you once knew so you can just dust them off & put them back into use.
It’s not just to look for new job opportunities…it’s to network with people & absorb some of the shared knowledge that’s just waiting out there for you!
If you spent 1/2 as much time on LinkedIn as you might on some other social platforms, you’ll come away a much better businessperson & leader!
Thank you as always for listening!