5 new perspectives for leaders to adopt in uncertain times
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Living in a post Brexit world, times have never been more economically uncertain. Is it possible that we are being overly pessimistic, irrespective of our Brexit likes or dislikes? There are many positive economic data points that would suggest this is the case, including the devaluation of the pound making exports much cheaper for overseas buyers and bolstering engineering order books, and the fact that we are almost close to ‘full employment’, with many jobs waiting to be filled.
Looking ahead into the New Year it might be time to stand back and consider fresh perspectives…
Senior leaders’ role is fundamentally to look up and outwards, scanning the horizon to find opportunities and identify threats early. The best business leaders don’t wait for mists to clear, they are willing to make decisions despite uncertainty.
Frequently when interviewing top team members individually, we discover that each believes the business strategy is well defined, but there are several versions of what that strategy is. Extra time invested in ensuring strategic alignment, a shared purpose, and highly effective communication with all employees pays handsome dividends.
A compelling vision, rock-solid strategy, excellent communication, innovative insight, and highly skilled senior leaders are of course each and all necessary to business success. But trust is the key foundation for delivering high performance in any team.
Micromanagement is the plague which is killing value in many businesses today. All too often we see senior leaders diving into low level of detail and interfering with managers’ responsibilities. In the best performing companies, business leaders set the tone from the top. They act as role models in exhibiting high levels of trust and liberating talent within their organisation.
Inspirational leadership has a hugely positive impact on the contribution all employees choose to make. Productivity levels can be raised at a stroke, with a positive tone across the business self-evidently boosting the bottom line.
No one doubts the challenges facing business today. But a fresh mindset, with positive actions on each of these five themes will not only raise business performance in 2018, it will better insulate the business from uncertainties ahead.
By Mike Taylor, Managing Director at Business Performance and Leadership Consultancy firm Accelerating Experience.
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