Styles of leadership are as diverse as the personalities that make up the human race but there are certain traits and techniques which make some business leaders stand out from the rest. These are the people who lead their organisations to excel and to set standards within their industries.
So what makes a great leader? One of the many challenges of leading a large organisation is the difficulty in connecting the hierarchical layers in an effective and meaningful way. It is impossible to know the names of every employee - let alone the details of their everyday lives - and this disconnection inevitably leads to feelings of detachment. You will never reach the highest levels of staff motivation and engagement if employees are asking themselves: “Does the company even know I exist?”
Great leaders ensure that there are programmes in place to make employees feel connected and valued. If the workforce feels valued and that their contributions have been recognised they will go that extra mile to achieve excellence in their roles. These positive feelings of engagement unleash a powerhouse of productivity, enthusiasm and motivation which snowball through an organisation.
It is no longer enough to offer a job and a salary - today’s workforce is looking for companies that are genuine in their desire to provide staff with a decent work/life balance and a set of benefits that make a meaningful difference to both their working lives and their leisure time.
A business leader who can make this happen will find that staff recruitment and retention becomes easier as their organisation gains a reputation on the job market and evolves a workforce of positive, motivated, engaged and loyal individuals who are happy to give their best as part of a team aiming for excellence and success.
In short, great leadership is about letting staff know they are valued through a combination of communication, training, team building and benefits that go above and beyond the levels of normal employer/employee transaction. These real and meaningful aspects of an employment package not only show that you are genuine about meeting your obligations to provide a decent level of care to your workforce but also set you apart and give you the edge over your competition.