Ask 5 different people what it takes to be great leader, and you’ll likely get 5 different answers. But most will agree, that in the last decade, the rules have changed. No longer can you expect your team to follow simply because of your title. These days, effective leadership requires much more.
There needs to be a mutual respect, and you must lead from the front, setting an example of what you expect from others, both in actions and attitude. It’s up to you to inspire your team to want to work hard and be their best, so they will go that extra mile to achieve success.
Here we’ll share some insights to help you become that brave new leader that today’s modern workplace demands.
How Leadership Has Evolved
In recent years the workplace has changed a lot. Gone are the days when financial reward alone was enough to attract and retain the best people. Today, they want more. They expect a leader who drives, motivates and inspires them. Someone they’re happy work hard for to get that big result, because they want it too.
Successful leaders recognise this and have adapted their style. They give their people autonomy and the opportunity to develop and learn new skills. They also ensure their team fully understand the purpose behind the work they do, and why it matters. This empowers your employees to make their own choice to follow you as a leader, and to go the extra mile because they want to, not because they have to.
Success Depends on Your Intent
Behind every successful team is a great leader, and in the modern workforce it all starts with your own attitude and intent. Lead from the front with a positive outlook and purpose and your people will choose to follow with the right motivations.
When you have a genuine desire to achieve exceptional results, it will flow through to your team. Don’t underestimate the power of this. It’s this subtle but crucial difference in intent that is the key to fostering long-term success and satisfaction in any team
Why Wanting It Matters
When you really want something you naturally try harder. The same is true for your team – if they genuinely want to win that new client or push through that project ahead of time, they’ll go after it with effort and purpose. They’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen. On the other hand, if there’s no real desire for it, you’ll only get the bare minimum.
When you and your team all truly want to achieve a common goal, everyone is keen to share ideas and come up with a strategy to make it happen. The motivation is internal, which is far more powerful than any external forces. As a leader if you can harness that energy, your chances of ongoing success are high.
Coercing people to perform in return for a reward, is no longer an effective way to achieve the best results.
Now is The Time to Be Brave
Because these changes in mindset and leadership have happened relatively fast, there can be a shortage of suitable role models in senior roles within many organisations. This means up-and-coming leaders practising the new style must bravely follow their own path.
This shouldn’t necessarily be viewed as a negative. Recognising the need to map your own journey to lead from the front is empowering. And when you accept the responsibility, you become the role model for the next generation coming through.
Final Word on the New Brave Leadership
As the modern workplace continues to change, it’s clear that many of the old-fashioned ways of leading and motivating a team are on their way out. Coercing people to perform in return for a reward, is no longer an effective way to achieve the best results. Today, people respond better to a manager who leads by example with genuine intent.
When your leadership starts with a positive outlook and you approach each task with a true desire and want for an outstanding result, your team will follow. This lays the foundation for ongoing success and high achievement in everything you do.
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