Tag: Leadership

  1. How to develop future leaders in your business

    Team brainstorming in meeting - future leadersGood leadership makes for successful organisations. This is because well led employees are more motivated and productive. They deal better with change and are more likely to be satisfied in their roles. So when a gap appears in your leadership team how can you develop future leaders to help move your business forward?

    There is no doubt that some people are more naturally predisposed to leadership roles – they seem to have what it takes to be a leader. You may have spotted these people in your business already.

    But it is also possible to create leaders within your organisation with the right investment. Here’s how:

    Lead from the front

    Leadership starts at the top and filters down. An organisation that has clear objectives and a strong ethos delivered by a dynamic senior management team is far more likely to create leaders from within.   

    Identify potential

    It’s important to recognise individuals who have a natural aptitude for inspiring others to get things done. These are the future leaders of your organisation.

    Carry out annual appraisals, recognise those who go above and beyond their job specification, and reward this behaviour. This will motivate your high performing staff and keep them loyal until the ideal leadership opportunity becomes available.

    Understand and harness different leadership styles

    There are many leadership styles. Some leaders work well in a crisis; others to achieve long term aims. When identifying potential leadership talent it’s worth remembering two different approaches can work equally well. Having leaders with range of different styles can enhance an organisation.

    Set up mentoring

    Having identified those with potential, it’s important to invest time in them to prepare them for increasing levels of responsibility. Providing a mentor – a role model who has already succeeded – may provide the support and motivation they need to take on larger challenges.

    Coaching them and monitoring their goals will also provide a road map to guide the potential leader along their journey.

    Invest and develop

    Leadership skills can be learnt. There are a huge range of courses and training opportunities that can be explored, such as task-based leadership activity days, mindfulness and personality awareness, and even academic study.

    Talk to the future leaders in your organisation to see what type of development they would prefer and which they think would be of benefit to their team. Investing in their potential at the right time will help you retain your top staff.

    Provide challenges and take calculated risks

    Leaders flourish in difficult situations. Be sure to empower them to make decisions and trust their abilities, allowing them to achieve their own successes. There may be a big project coming up in your business that needs someone to spearhead it – this is the ideal opportunity for a developing leader to step up.

    Ultimately they will become the mentors and role models for the next generation of leaders in your organisation.

    Find out how a specialist recruitment agency can help you find the best employees to grow your business.

    Ocean Edge offers recruitment consultancy services to the affordable housing sector. For more information about how we can support your organisation with external and internal recruitment get in contact: call 023 8000 1153 or email info@oceanedge.biz.

  2. What does Leadership mean to you?

    Leadership. What does it mean to you? What makes a great leader? What would your definition of an inspiring leader be?

    At a recent meeting, I attended this topic came up. It was interesting that the majority of people thought leadership could be taught.

    When I put the same question to my colleagues I received some really interesting answers:

    “People get leader and manager mixed up or think they are the same, but I think a leader is somebody who:

    1) Has a vision

    2) Gets others to see that vision

    3) Can build the belief that things can be done differently/better

    4) Can spot opportunities that others can’t see

    5) Can build a team and help that team rally around a cause

    A manager is a person that enables a leader to deliver the vision.”

    “A leader is someone who supports and encourages – who gives direction, sets goals and acknowledges achievements as well as identifies shortcomings. A leader is someone you can look up to and be proud to follow – whose accomplishments are inspiring and of interest to the group asked to follow them.”

    “Leadership is the ability to lead and guide a team, motivating and inspiring individuals to get them to where they need to be.”

    As a company Ocean Edge seems to have the same definition of leadership amongst our employees. Successful leaders are not always born with the qualities needed to lead, however, if you truly want to make an impact and have the courage to lead you can!

    You do see a lot of articles that list out what a good leader needs to be. We think every leader is different and unique and cannot be defined to 10 bullet points. Someone who is a leader and inspires one person may not inspire another.

    Every day is your chance to direct your career in where you want to go and inspire people along the way.

    Great things never come from comfort zones, so push yourself, challenge yourself and with a bit of luck you should reap the rewards.