Now in 50 countries of operation, ORGANO™ is comprised of a Global Family of Leaders! Today, leadership is one of the hottest topics in the business world, and the path to leadership is not an easy one. There will be good times, stressful times, and terrible times, but a great leader is always able to lead a team to success, regardless of the situation. And, by simply holding a position in leadership doesn’t make someone a good leader. Join ORGANO™ as we consider some of the leadership qualities one should strive to possess!
Honesty: The foundation of any relationship, both personal and professional, is honesty. People want to work for a leader they can trust − a leader that has morals, values, and integrity. They want to work for a company that offers a great product they can believe in, and that has an honorable reputation. Your team members or employees want to feel good about their jobs. It is critical to establish core values for both the organization, and yourself as a leader. Then, live and lead by those values as an example to your team.
Communication: Without clear communication, your team members won’t understand your mission, goals, and vision. People want to work toward something they believe in, so it’s important they understand that they are working toward the same goals you are. Communication should also be consistent in establishing work expectations, giving constructive feedback, and in training new members of the team. With great communication, people will know exactly what they are working for, will rely on you, and will give their best effort for you.
Confidence: When things go wrong, employees look to you for the answers and judge the situation based upon your reaction. Even if the company is experiencing a major downturn, it’s important to always be confident, calm, and set a good example. If you aren’t confident with the organization in a situation, then be confident in your own leadership skills. Your job is to maintain the happy work environment, and continue leading the team in their daily work.
Inspiration: You must be inspired and invested in the company in order to inspire others, like Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of Google. The product of their own inspiration has inspired millions of others across the world, and has significantly impacted the world we live in today. Though inspiration often looks forward to the future, it’s also important for the present; it gives people a reason to work, to succeed, and to do their best in everything they do. Make them feel invested in the company through inspiration and they’ll be loyal and hard working.
Positivity: Regardless of the situation, always stay positive. Positivity is essential to productivity, employee happiness, and work environment. When mistakes are made – even when they are serious, it’s important to look at the bright side of things. You are setting the tone for the work day, and your attitude directly affects those under your leadership. Giving compliments, and even showing an appropriate interest in an employee’s personal life can have a significant impact on their work day.
Delegation: If there is a highly-important project, it can be difficult to trust people without micromanaging. Trusting them to do their best possible work is a sign of strength in your leadership, and will encourage them to live up to your expectations. When it comes to delegation, the idea is to decide what strengths each person possesses, and assign them tasks that best fit those strengths. The ability to delegate successfully will lead to higher quality work and productivity.
Commitment: Nothing shows commitment and humility like getting your hands dirty with the rest of the team. Showing your commitment sets the example for others to follow, and leads to greater loyalty and respect for you as a leader. Always be committed in whatever you do, whether it is a promise to have a holiday party, a day off, or a meeting time. You are in the spotlight as a leader, and you will be judged harder for your actions than others will be. Set the tone of commitment, and others will follow suit.
Humor: Although not a requirement, a sense of humor goes a long way in a leadership role. It helps create a positive work environment and enhances the feeling of camaraderie. Warren Buffett, for example, once said, “I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me.” Your unique personality and sense of humor shows your team that you are more than a leader, and that you aren’t a machine, which encourages them to feel comfortable around you.
Creativity: Some decisions have to be made quickly, and catch us off guard. In times like these, it’s up to you to think outside the box to find a solution. Your team will be looking to you in these situations for guidance, so a quick decision must also be a good decision. Henry Ford faced a situation like this when demand for his vehicles was so high he couldn’t possibly keep up. Instead of making the obvious decision to hire more people, he thought with creativity and developed the assembly line. Always brainstorm with your team to build upon some of your ideas.
Sometimes we are presented with situations that aren’t in the textbooks, and for which you might not be prepared as a leader. The first decision isn’t always the best one, and taking your time to come up with a unique solution can be in the best interest of those you are leading. A great leader will draw upon their instincts, past experiences, and ORGANO™ mentors for help in these complicated situations. Do you have what it takes to be a great leader? #TasteTheGold