Great Leaders: Recipe for Successful Teams and Organisation
Two spoons of right attitude, a spoon of motivation, three cloves of guidance, communication and support each, and a pinch of fun, could turn into that successful recipe for those looking for that success formula for a well-achieving company. Successful teams are not made in a day and to create that ideal ground, leaders need to find that vision first, which will guide them and help them frame the right set of attitudes and hunger in their team members. However, before that let’s rewind back to the base, the ingredients, and also take into consideration the possible utensils for the dish, the employees and the leaders, among which a well-synchronized purpose is necessary to get the right kind of dish served piping hot.
We have often heard that successful leaders create successful teams which in turn lead to a successful environment in an organization, and when the right amount of effort and dedication are put in, there is bound to be a creative and informative innovation spree. As every destination requires a map for direction, a good leader not only helps the team members read the map effectively but also to efficiently and tactfully manoeuvre its terrain to reach the end goal.
While there have been many leaders who have led their teams to a meaningful direction, there are a few who make the difference, and once the key to this little secret is unlocked, one transforms into a great leader who has the potential to initiate change. Warren Bennis said that “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality” and he must have surely meant that a great leader is one who is able to identify the vision, stir it up, make it a team vision, and together with the team turn into a reality. No success comes at the cost of individual interests, but rather when many little individual dreams collectively fuse into one big mission. It isn’t uncommon to hear about people who made a difference; some ruled nations, some guided their way to independence, some brought in massive change in the way human beings were treated, and each of them had a different mission to accomplish, a different goal to achieve, and a different reality set for them. The one thing they all had one thing in common was their will to LEAD and SUCCEED. The success of teams and in turn the success of any organization like a great meal, can be made delicious only when the efforts are made with the right intentions and the mission is regarded as a team achievement.
When a leader sets an agenda to turn a vision into a reality, he or she ensures that every ingredient and utensil is used in the best possible way with minimum loss and maximum effectiveness. A great leader motivates, along with providing the necessary direction to their team, to create the zeal to work towards the vision. Every firm, every entity, every little or big set-up has a vision, which defines it, and a good leader transforms that into a goal that is free of individual gains and motives.
A great leader leads but doesn’t separate themselves from their employees, thus establishing transparency and an example for others to follow. The leader knows when to indulge and when to refrain, but never leaves the side of their employees. This helps create better decisions, whether for the interest of an individual or the company at large. One can always rely on a great leader without hesitation as they are a combination of firmness and empathy. A great leader knows how to transform from a leader to a friend to back to a leader.
While there are many traits that could be the success formula for being a great leader, confidence and positivity is something that needs to be always put at the base. When employees find a confident and positive leader it spreads as encouragement to the employees as well, creating a network of enthusiasm, dedication, and productivity. When the entire team is charged up with positive ideas and energy, innovation and invention are bound to become the orders of the day. However, always remember, the line between a boss and a good leader is only an inch separated by power and authority, and that is what makes all the difference.
Characterized by strong integrity, ethically grounded vision, and a strong sense of value, a good leader shows the way to goal fulfilling using the right approach, and this has always been the base recipe. Leaders of today however, need to go a step further, so that they not only stroke a chord with the employees of today, but are also equally aware of the changes and communication that leading a successful team requires. Just like the ever-evolving demands of the customers that these teams cater to, the dynamics of the employees have also been going through massive evolution. The employees of today crave challenges, responsibility and creativity and if the ingredients are all ready to spice up the menu, then leaders need to play their part in facilitating such an environment of engagement.
According to bestselling author Brendan Bouchard, who conducted research across 190 countries, great leaders are role models of high-performance habits that shape and drive exceptional team and organizational performance. These 6 high performance habits include:
- Seeking Clarity: Where leaders focus on becoming the best version of themselves. Whether this is in being kind, attentive or humble, great leaders ensure manifest this in appropriate behaviour. They are also curious to learn and grow in a personal, professional and social context and share this learning with others.
- Generating Energy: Great leaders stay physically and mentally fit to deliver high performance output. This physical fitness increases the production of new neurons in the brain aiding in learning and memory and improves mood, reduces stress which adds up to greatly enhanced performance.
- Raising Necessity: Great leaders draw on both inner and outer expectations to stay motivated, create a compelling purpose and bring an extra urgency to the work they are doing. This usually takes the form of an outside obligation that is added to their own internal desires. An example would be that of two athletes who put in the same amount of training to professionally compete, where one focuses only on the personal glory of winning whereas the one that succeeds combines this with the personal expectation of a bringing home a medal for his ailing mother.
- Increasing Productivity: By avoiding distractions and being smart with deadlines, great leaders understand how to separate important from unimportant work and spend their energy on what matters and what drives results.
- Developing Influence: This 5th habit is about being appreciative, giving and aware of what others need to succeed. Great leaders are not lonely at the top because they establish meaningful and lasting connections with their peers. They are aware of the struggles and desires of others and use this knowledge to provide people with what they need.
- The 6th habit is the Display of Courage. Great leaders aren’t afraid to take risks and like any other learned skill – this gets easier the more they do it.
Therefore, while playing it safe has been an age-old tested approach, todays leaders need to be fearless to take risks and innovate. A little mistake here and a lot of lessons learned there, could be the new secret seasoning that everyone is looking out for. Just as they say, a little experiment can turn a good chef into a master chief!
There are plenty of resources available to leaders who can find guidance in the use of technology, learn from the examples of others, but most importantly through the little hints in their own little work environment, which is an amalgamation of every possible reality within a workplace set-up. It only requires looking out for the cues and imbibing it into the trade secrets that are the necessary support to the ever-evolving workplace ambiance. With the right kind of mix of the new and the old, teams are bound to become versatile, resourceful, with aim on their minds and focus on their speed, to make that necessary change and create a niche in the places where it matters.
Just like transforming a vision into a reality and building a high-performance team, a leader takes time to become a great leader. Once the right ingredients are identified and the right amounts mixed, the dish is bound to satisfy the palette and taste buds and get etched as the memorable dish.
More about the Author
Dominic Nair, CEO of Talent Multipliers is a people and culture strategist who partners with CEOs and business leaders of SMEs to grow and transform their organisation’s human capital and deliver tangible business results.
After 25 years of experience and holding executive leadership positions across multiple industries in both private and public sector, Dominic knows what truly drives engagement and organisational performance. It is how well an organisation can harness individual potential and drive massive action needed to create desired outcomes.
Over his career, Dominic has developed and led successful people solutions and strategies across 50 organisations in international markets covering small, medium and large businesses. In addition to his extensive experience across HR, compensation and benefits, executive reward, leadership development and M&A, Dominic is also a trained business and executive leadership coach.
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