Today, business and organisations need effective leaders who can drive change, innovation, progress and growth. With ever progressing modern technology and new demands, like sustainability, equality, data security, and ever increasing safety regulations, organisations need leaders who can take the reins and keep the company on track. The most important aspect of leadership has become the ability to sustain a culture of innovation and high performance, which requires leaders to be able to communicate a clear vision and strategy for the organisation to their team or workforce.
In this article we will go through # strategies taught by one of the UK’s best leaders, Issac Qureshi, that will help you develop your strengths and master your leadership style. It does not matter whether you have just been promoted to your first management position or are already a seasoned executive with a “chief” in the beginning of your job title, these strategies are tested and proven to get results at all levels of the corporate hierarchy and beyond.
#1 Diversity: Learn how to select the right people for the job
Having a diverse team does not only make your organisation appear progressive, it actually makes your job as a leader or executive easier. A diverse workforce with employees of different backgrounds, experience, education, and even ethnicity and gender, will make sure your team has a broader range of problem solving tools to work with. Think about it this way, if everyone on your team has the same background and education they will roughly solve problems the same way, meaning that if one of them cannot figure out a specific issue, the rest might not be able to either. With a diverse team, there is much higher chance that they can solve a wide variety of problems without having to involve the management.
#2 Always put your team first
Many bosses make the mistake of always putting their customers first, we have all heard this as a common mantra of the hospitality sector. However, if your own staff are not happy, it will affect the customer experience eventually, not to say bring down productivity and work morale. So paying attention to the needs of your employees will pay off big time.
#3 Eliminate pointless meetings
Nothing waste everyone’s time more than sitting in a meeting where nobody really has anything to say, or half the attendees feel the topic of the meeting doesn’t concern them. Getting rid of these time wasters will not only give your team more time to get things done, it will also improve their productivity because they can take ownership of their time and work effort.
#4 Show appreciation for your staff
Small gestures goes a long way. Complimenting employees on the work they did Yesterday or the results of the project they delivered last week as the first thing in the morning, sets a positive tone for the day. A positive work environment is one of the cheapest way to improve productivity — in fact, compliments are free, so there is no reason to hold back. Just keep compliments professional, being complimented on your work is great, but compliments directed at an employees appearance rather than actions can feel degrading and easily leads to misunderstandings.
#5 Encourage employees to take initiative
Some leaders are afraid of free thinking because they think taking too many changes is risky. While you should never let total anarchy rule, giving employees a bit of room to figure out problems or new ways of doing things on their own can be a big asset. On the other hand, micromanaging employees to do things your way will make them defensive towards your instructions and quickly decrease their productivity. According to Issac Qureshi, great leaders creates a culture of open communication where employees can speak freely and come with valuable inputs to the organisation.