There are numerous types of leadership styles in business today. Throughout my career I have experienced several of them up close. It has always amazed me to see how employees continue to work in environments or for supervisors that are mean, hateful, inconsiderate, and negative. A leader is just that, someone who leads. Leads a team of players to success. Who doesn’t like to succeed?
But this is easier said then done. Right? To lead you need several ingredients. You can’t make biscuits without flour! A leader needs to know what direction their leading a team. The Team needs to know what the goals are. What each member is doing and how long they have to get there. A leader needs to know who he has playing the game. I heard a phrase many years ago and it has stuck with me throughout my career: “Surround yourself with talented people who are smarter then you in their profession and put them together with other talented people from their professions and they will make results happen”. A lot of times leaders are afraid to hire teammates that are smarter then them because of their own insecurities. Their afraid that the smarter person will take their job from them. That type of fear can help and/or hurt a business.
Fear of losing your job could encourage you to better yourself, study more, show up for work early and stay late. Or it could cause negative morale and a bad culture. Either way the leader has to pay close attention to the moods and efficiency of their people. Getting to know your employees on an emotional level will help you connect their performance to the company outcomes. Emotional self awareness is important when establishing this type of relationship with people. You need to be tactful, have empathy and confidence. These components are key factors in productivity and outcomes. Competency research suggests that about one-third of top performers out perform under performers 12 times and out perform 85% of average performers. The difference is not due to technical skill and cognitive ability but emotional competence (Goleman, 1998).
Being a leader at a local senior care facility(Long term and Rehab), I have started applying these key ingredients to creating a successful team It is essential to have members in the team all striving for the same goal, mission, and vision of the company. In caring for individuals and loved ones, it is vital that we have the best team providing the best quality care for our residents.
Goleman, D. (1998). Working with emotional intelligence. New York: Bantam.