If you aspire to be a leader in your industry, it’s important to know what skills and qualities you can bring to the role, so that you can inspire your team.
Everyone is different- and there’s no one right way to be a good leader. From those who nurture talent, encourage debate and promote collaboration to high achievers who want to deliver big results, there are a number of ways you can lead a team.
Two-thirds of UK organisations are suffering from a shortage of highly effective leaders, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. A lack of interest and reluctance from employees to take up the leadership mantle is, apparently, proving to be a huge barrier to delivering the required improvements.
Leadership learning is very different for owner-managers compared to the typical employed manager. An employed manager sees leadership connected with a successful career, it’s an aspiration to be seen as an effective leader. They learn to lead, stimulated unconsciously by the abundance and variety of people they have around them to learn from, and in the variety of roles they need to take on.
It’s not that owner-managers don’t lead, they can be providing a very strong form of leadership, but this kind of leadership can often be a limit on growth. That’s the irony of entrepreneurship.
Take a look at these four famous figures and discover if you match their leadership style.
A charismatic leader, like Sir Richard Branson, uses his charisma to empower others and to stand up for his team by speaking out about issues affecting them.
Being democratic and collaborative like Sheryl Sandberg, means you focus on nurturing a team and getting to know them so you can understand their strengths and weaknesses.
Using past experiences to help make decisions, Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors is known to be a calculated leader who is happy to cooperate and work with others to get the job done.
Being a tough negotiator who believers in very little compromise, like Lord Alan Sugar, shows high energy and projects a real sense of confidence that really inspire others.
To find out which leadership style suits you best, take this quick CALLCARE quiz below: