As an enterprise leader, you’re only as good as the people around you. Your people are your most valuable assets. Today, more than ever, it’s imperative to keep that simple idea front and center, especially as we battle to attract and retain employees in the global war for talent.
Your primary role is keeping your people focused and motivated to achieve the strategic goals you and the executive team have set forth. Your strategies create value. Your people execute on the strategies and vision that you communicate to them.
It doesn’t matter what kind of company or organization you’re leading, and it doesn’t matter which part of the business cycle you’re in – your role as a leader is inspiring, coaching, energizing and motivating your people to perform consistently at the highest possible levels.
I don’t need to remind you that the era of “command and control” is long gone as my good friend and bestselling author Stephen M.R. Covey has noted in our Executive Leadership Summit Series. The modern leader doesn’t hide in a corner office. Today’s leader is a highly visible role model. The modern leader embodies qualities that modern people value, such as empathy, compassion, wisdom and emotional intelligence.
Great leaders take care of their people. And they take care of themselves. They genuinely care about the health and well-being of the people around them, and they infuse the enterprise with a real sense of optimism and positive energy.
Focusing on positive energy and encouraging optimism aren’t just `feel good' tactics – they are potent strategies for long-term success. That’s because your emotions and the emotions of the people around you are huge factors in determining success or failure in unpredictable and continually changing modern markets.
Let’s be honest: Constant turbulence and uncertainty is the new normal. We’re never going back to the `good old days.' Times like these demand a new set of leadership qualities. Strategies that worked fine in the 20th century simply won’t cut it in our super-connected global economy. In our hearts, we know this is true. And that’s why we need to up our game and elevate our leadership skills.
Together, we can innovate and invent a new set of essential leadership skills and capabilities. Stay with us at HMG Strategy and take part in the evolving leadership journey. I guarantee it will be awesome!
I sincerely hope that you find these lessons useful as you develop and grow your career. At HMG Strategy, our goal is preparing you for the unlimited future. We look forward to engaging with you as we explore the newest frontiers in world-class leadership.