The importance of leadership in 2017 and Beyond

2017 is here, and with a new year comes new challenges. Personal challenges. Team challenges. Organizational and leadership challenges. While tech trends will come and go, one human resources trend that is not about to change any time soon is the need for good leadership. Good leadership can help a company to overcome any kind of challenge that comes through and adapt to new trends.

There are many characteristics that make a good leader.

 

Empathy for Employees

Empathy for employees is one of the main characteristics that make a good leader. Employees are the lifeblood of the company and can provide unique insights. Good leaders listen and respond to employees, working to understand where they are coming from and how best to respond to problems.

The Ability to Delegate

While good managers should know how to wear many hats throughout the organization, good leaders understand that it is necessary to delegate responsibilities. Taking on too much is not good for the manager or the organization as a whole, learning to balance the workload and leverage talent will yield much better results.

Capacity to Guide and Inspire

Being a role model is part of being a good leader. Showing employees the right way to do things, being assertive when necessary, and displaying a genuine interest in the well being of the company can go a long way toward inspiring and guiding employees. By being a source of inspiration and knowledge, a leader also acts as a mentor for future leaders.

A Positive Attitude

While a happy-go-lucky attitude is fun, this is not the type of positive attitude that all good leaders possess. A positive attitude is the ability to positively address any challenges in a way that will benefit the company. Good leaders can spin ways to use external circumstances to grow the company, avoid issues that may affect the bottom line, and keep employees happy and loyal.

Willingness to Learn New Things

Whether it involves training to use new technology or figuring out how to implement new ideas and strategies throughout production, good leaders are not only open to new things, they are excited to learn. Adaptability is essential in the changing business landscape, so a willingness to learn how to adapt is a priceless quality.

Accountability and Ability to Hold Others Accountable

Being able to accept responsibility for a poor decision or poor results is not a characteristic that everyone possesses. Good leaders take the hit for shifts gone wrong and celebrate shifts gone right, but they also hold their charges accountable. When standards are in place and everyone knows what is expected, a company can thrive.

Decisiveness in Actions

Being decisive is extremely important when it comes to managing a team. Fast action can prevent problems and put out fires, keeping the company surviving and thriving. Good leaders can make quick decisions, but they can also use the results of each decision as a learning experience.

Good leadership is perhaps the most valuable asset that a company can find, as it assists in adapting to any business needs. By identifying, seeking out, and developing good leadership, any company can benefit.