If we consider the number one factor that affects organisational success, we would soon conclude that there is a synergy in which several strands all work together for maximum effectiveness.
Some great ideas that you may have come up with that contribute are:
- Having clear goals together with a flexible plan
- Focusing whole organisational strength on the key issue
- Taking the offensive in the market place and sustaining it
- Finding your competitors weakness and exploiting it
- Anticipating competitors’ plans and concealing one’s response
Whilst these are all examples of powerful ideas which, if pursued relentlessly, can make a major impact on one’s chances of success, they are not the single most important factors. That lies with the responsibility of LEADERSHIP.
Leadership has no hard and fast rule book and is the most unpredictable element in business due to the ambiguous, the sometimes difficult and the unpredictable human factor.
Typically, a manager has a team of individuals that are wanting and needing to be led. They want leadership because leadership removes the ambiguity for them as well as potentially absolving them from responsibility.
So how does a leader get their people to crave responsibility and drive them to want to own a task?
This won’t happen without instilling Energy, Enthusiasm and Engagement. Organisations want performance from their employees, indeed, but it is also true to say that employees want performance from themselves.
Self esteem is directly linked to how we perform. Anyone that performs at a poor level for a prolonged period of time in any field feels bad about themselves and seeks ways to escape or rationalise their lack of performance.
Through a manager knowing what motivates an individual they are in a far better position to be able to draw them out or steer them clear of the underperforming cloud. The more we know about what makes ourselves and others tick, the more effective we become at communicating and managing our way through situations and tasks.
Without knowing what drives their people managers cannot be in a position to know how far they can take the financial, sales and operational aspirations of an organisation.
To find out how organisations can ensure energy, enthusiasm and engagement in their people that matches and gets the best out of their skills, contact [email protected]