Are you a leader wanting to increase the profitability of your business and grow an excellent reputation amongst your customers and or other stakeholders? Here is what it takes in a few simple steps.
“Leading is not the same as being the leader. Being the leader means you hold the highest rank, either by earning it, good fortune or navigating internal politics. Leading, however, means that others willingly follow you—not because they have to, not because they are paid to, but because they want to.” Simon Sinek
The most successful world leaders say their people are the biggest asset. Of course, flawless operations and systems are incredibly important; however, most likely not enough. Start developing your teams and never undermine the importance of looking after them. Build collaborative and focused teams, and watch productivity and profitability grow.
“The role of a leader is not to come up with all the great ideas. The role of a leader is to create an environment in which great ideas can happen.” Simon Sinek
Sounds like a no brainer. Who would not like great things to happen in their business or organisation? So, how can you achieve that?
1. Create a work environment where employees understand the company vision and values because they have been clearly communicated and the employees have been engaged in the process and given opportunities to contribute to it. They can see the value of their contribution and they can see it’s valued by their manager, regardless of how high up they stand in the ranks themselves.
2. Create opportunities for your employees to develop in their role and progress at and outside work.
3. Provide opportunities for not only technical training, but also Professional and Personal Training.
4. Create a healthy and supportive environment promoting balance and mental wellbeing where employees actually enjoy working (and aren't even tempted to take advantage of sick leave).
5. Remember the most basic rules of Influencing – reciprocity and liking. Influence rather than manage. It’s a win win and it goes a long way!
Having worked with clients from various sectors, these are the most common themes leaders decide to work on to improve profitability and productivity.
Understanding your own and others' personality and styles of working and management for a more harmonious and efficient ways of working directly impacting productivity and effectiveness at work
Dealing with difficult behaviours (as there are no difficult people)
“A company is people... employees want to know... am I being listened to or am I a cog in the wheel? People really need to feel wanted.” Richard Branson
Leaders, how is your team doing and how are you supporting them? Have they got the skills to work collaboratively and productively to ensure the success of your company or organisation and happy customers and stakeholders?