LEADERSHIP IN THE 21ST CENTURY
“The commander-in-chief, in an Oval Office meeting, referring to people from African countries and Haitians with the most violent, vulgar language,” Booker said. “When ignorance and bigotry is allied with power, it is a dangerous force in our country. Your silence and your amnesia are complicity. ”- Sen. Cory Booker. (The controversies in white house USA came after a meeting between administration and key lawmakers where Trump reportedly called Haiti and Africans as “shithole countries.” Regarding why they were coming into the US).
This is an example of challenges leadership is facing now (failure to manage good reputation and relations). Leadership is all about leading a group or an organization and the ability to do it. This means that leadership isn’t just making commands, giving out orders to the group, it means that the leader will give guidance, direction and do proper management of the people. It is about motivating a group of people to follow a direction and into achieving a common goal. This means that the leader can encourage such activities: –
Management of internal partners, a leader should develop good relations with his co-workers, this means that element of trust, mutual respect and mindfulness are included in his day-to-day activities. The personal reputation he/she poses ability to portray it to his colleagues. A good leader should, therefore, be careful to meet this behavior around the workplace able to work with people better. Encouraging on open communications is also a good method to achieving this and being able to welcome diversity helps build better productivity within the workplace
Developing Employees. Being a leader, you can offer advice, wisdom based on your experiences and answering questions to help each other gain skills and good behaviors. When introducing coaching in the workplace, you are helping the person do his job effectively while not having to come out as the boss. Leaders must work to become great motivators that employees will look up to.
Leading a team. Having unity in the workplace is key, which means the leader is aware of employees unspoken feelings by encouraging clear and open communication. This way the leader is aware of every employer’s needs and can cut issues of discrimination within the workplace which might lead to ineffectiveness. Having the workers take part in team building exercises is also good for the workers to learn to work together.
Encouraging change. The leaders should consider every employee’s opinion and be open to new ideas that can change or improve the productivity. Salespeople are good examples as they get exposed to a lot of information from the marketplace and can come up with effective distribution tactics that can help grow a business.
Be a role model. A good leader should start by growing themselves so as not to come across as hypocritical since good behavior comes with having a good role model. They should offer a foundation of trust so that the employees can feel comfortable talking and sharing any recommendations. Leaders should delegate in that they are able to do jobs that they are not used to doing. Being able to leave responsibilities that they enjoy helps be able to focus on your employees and be able to grow them, therefore, a win-win. Encourage workers to go for training to gain better skills. Training is also good for breaking the monotony of the workplace in that they get a new experience and be able to have a better perception of the workplace and they will be inspired to do more than they are doing. Motivating them to meet the set targets is also a good way to help employees improve their output towards the firm.
Developing managerial effectiveness. A good leader should be able to develop key skills such as time management, be able to rank and make the right decisions. They should also be able to help the new workers get up to speed on the job. Managerial effectiveness is what inspires work colleagues to adapt to that behavior.
Leadership has now taken a new turn. This is because the new age of the upcoming adults who matured in the 21st century also called millennials work differently. They want explanations and not orders, they expect excess pay and fast promotions with no experience and are impatient to put the time in when working. This is left upon the leaders of today to handle such dilemmas and mentor them and not making it harder for them by subjecting them to strict rules that make them become rigid and not able to grow, in turn becoming ineffective.
Basing on this discussion Indepth Research Services has organized a training on Leveraging the Generation Gap that will be held on 12th-14th March 2018, Mombasa Kenya, that allows you gain knowledge which will help you to understand the various generations present at work and understand what motivates each of them and how to work together, while having various cultures in one workplace can present communication problems and conflicts, the benefits of such a variety in the workplace outweigh it. Learning how to deal with the generation gap at work will help you become a better manager or co-worker. Register and be part of the discussion.
By: Kennedy Kinyanjui
Digital Marketer: Indepth Research Services