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Is Your Leadership Team Effective in These Areas?

Posted on Jul 9th 2019

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Is Your Leadership Team Effective in These Areas?

Effective leadership teams aren’t built on impressive resumes and accolades, but rather the skill sets and characteristics that led to those achievements.

In evaluating the state of affairs in your organization and where there may or may not be areas of opportunity, it doesn’t hurt to look at the qualities that make up your leadership team.

Here are four qualities to look for in assessing where you may have gaps in skill sets and capabilities.

Effective Delegation

Delegation is key to effective leadership. Still, it can remain a challenge for even the most otherwise effective leaders on your team.

Does your leadership team regularly involve and empower their own teams and departments in various challenges?

Do they communicate expectations well?

Do they understand and respect the bandwidth, skills, talents, and strengths of those they employ?

If not, ineffective delegation may be negatively impacting your bottom line.

Effective Communication

Communication is a critical component of leadership. Not just from leader to employee, but amongst the leadership team.

It’s not uncommon to find leadership teams that are plagued by distrust, confrontation, poor communication, and attack games. Competing interests, egos, perspectives, beliefs, and skills can cause waves that, left unaddressed, can wreak havoc across the organization.

Those teams that avoid these issues are comprised of leaders that have the ability to calmly and effectively get to the bottom of what’s happening in order to move forward.

Effective leaders also communicate directly and with respect and empathy to those they employ. There are many CEOs who have achieved profound success in their respective fields by ignoring these tenants of leadership, but nearly all of them suffered publicly from outspoken teams that continued to depict how unpleasant working conditions were, even after their leader’s departure.

Effective Vision

A leader’s objective doesn’t start and stop at getting employees to get things done. It involves inspiring and getting employees engaged and bought into their vision.

There are a thousand paths to inspiration, and not all of them lead to effective results.

Effective leaders understand the possibilities and challenges at their organization’s feet, and are able to build their vision around both what they can and can not change. They leverage both possibility and reality to help their teams understand their vision’s viability, and how each person in their organization will play a role in getting there.

A leader’s vision incorporates their people, without exception.

Effective Motivation

Outside of inspiring and getting employees engaged with their vision, effective leaders know how to keep their people motivated. They understand general motivation and incentive best practices, but make adaptations to suit those they employ and the kind of workplace culture they’re looking to build.

They understand that they, too, have the need to be flexible and willing to adapt. They are self-aware in how their language and behavior motivates or demotivates their employees, and are willing and eager to make positive corrections.