When you think of leaders in business what are the characteristics that you most associate with them? For many, it would be cold, hard, focused people who will do anything to succeed. Although this has been a successful approach for many successful businessmen and women over the decades there has been a growth in movement in recent years towards a different style of leadership in business that can still deliver outstanding results.
Building leaders in business that are agile, intuitive, thoughtful, kind, and above all else, positive, is a new approach that many companies are taking as a way to create and implement a leadership strategy and long-term succession plan where the happiness and morale of employees and management-level individuals is looked after as much as the bottom line.
Every single person is unique. We know and understand this. When it comes to leadership qualities, the characteristics will differ from person to person. And within different companies and industries there will be a requirement for various types of leaders, depending on the situation, the budgets, the short and long-term targets that are in play on a daily basis and the independent pressures associated with all of those things. The approach to instil kindness, generosity, open communication and positivity can be achieved in any industry in our opinions, without taking away from the positives of other styles of leadership.
A strong and highly effective leader doesn’t have to be cold and unapproachable at all. They can be kind and become a trustworthy person that any employee can approach. Communication, as with most aspects of life, is key to this approach being successful in the long-term.
Integrating your role within the group as a leader who is open to discussion is a great starting spot as a kind and positive leader. Encourage debate and constructive criticism at key times. A good leader is open to the opinions of other people, especially when change is needed for certain processes and protocols in order to achieve key targets. If your staff understand that their voice is going to be heard, they are more likely to become leaders themselves, forming fact-based opinions that can be used for the wider good of the company. The last thing any successful company needs is for a silent majority of employees who don’t speak up because they don’t think their opinion matters. As a kind and positive leader you can ensure that voices are heard.
Communication also works in terms of personal matters. This might not always apply, but if an individual employee feels like they have a personal matter to discuss, or a problem in the workplace involving a colleague, or with certain tasks and targets. An open door policy is a fantastic way to ingratiate yourself with the team and become a leader who encourages, pushes for positive resolutions to problems and has the back of employees at all times.
With positive words of encouragement and an open line of communication you will be more likely to experience the management of a team who are willing to put in that extra effort for you. Positivity is key to engaging effectively with your employees and improving standards and performance as a result.