Too often, people view titles such “executive” or “manager” as milestones they hope to achieve at the end of a long career, when in actuality these jobs are a core part of business strategy. Upper management is expected to lead people, and those titles aren't just goals to strive for. Leadership is a strategic value that companies need to embrace in order to be successful.
A leader can't just be someone who gives orders and takes responsibility for failures and successes. Leaders need to be the ones taking initiative and driving businesses forward to meet goals. If there is no leadership strategy in place, companies may struggle to achieve success. Here are three strategies that businesses can use to ensure their leadership strategies are where they need to be.
1. Establish a culture
Leadership isn't something that only a few people are part of – a successful business should be striving to establish leadership at all levels. Whether it's a chief executive or someone on the front line, everyone should be enabled to participate in the creation of a workplace strategy. A successful business starts from within, and by creating a workplace that can withstand negativity and adversity while encouraging innovation and strength, companies will have access to a better pool of prospective leaders.
2. Share the vision
With a workplace culture established by leadership, it's crucial that everyone is working toward the same end goal. Otherwise, businesses may struggle when it comes to organization-wide collaboration.
“[The vision] has to be clear, bold and simple so that that everyone in your organization can understand and rally around it,” explains speaker Jon Gordon. “It also has to be relevant to the challenges you've faced and the direction you must go. As a leader you must share this vision every day with everyone in your organization and encourage your managers and employees to do the same.
3. Convert negativity into positivity
Every business faces hardships. While it's commonly held that leaders need to be accountable for mistakes and missteps, it's even more important that they are able to fix what may be broken. A strong leadership strategy should encourage leaders to convert negative actions into positive ones and to collaborate with others to do so. No successful workplace runs under the impression that the first mistake will lead to the axe.