The 21st-century workplace faces many challenges, including a diverse and multigenerational workforce, limited resources and ineffective leadership. Employees want leaders who recognize their abilities and make them feel valued and respected. They also want a challenging workplace that encourages experimentation.
Glenn Llopis, in an article recently posted on Forbes online, offers these six tips for becoming an effective leader.
- Encourage employees to test ideas; allow failure. Effective leadership is about delegating and allowing others to work independently. Let employees explore and unleash their passion, which impacts long-term sustainable growth.
- Build think-tank teams. Place a premium on collaborative thinking and require each team member to contribute to the overall dialogue, thinking and impact of the group.
- Be a great communicator; hold no secrets.Never stop communicating your vision, goals and objectives. Use all available means to define expectations and set the tone for your department or store. Be approachable. Don’t risk losing trust by being vague or secretive.
- Don’t hide behind your title. Leadership effectiveness is more than just the influence a job title offers. The real impact of leadership comes when you reveal the person behind the title.
- Keep employees on their toes.Create a workplace environment in which people are continually challenged.
- Keep it simple and fun. Embrace the basics. Simplicity creates believability and trustworthiness, and increases productivity and fun.