Leadership Starts with You!
Posted on January 15, 2014 by Christy Kessler
If you really want to lead successfully, you must demonstrate that you are committed to being part of the team. Be willing to dive in and do whatever you would ask others to do, regardless of the task. A key driver of employee engagement revolves around the front-line supervisor or leader. It lies in their ability to handle the basics well. It’s the simple things that make a difference – showing up to meetings on time, treating others with respect, valuing their opinions, etc. In high performing organizations, leaders treat their employees with respect and dignity almost 90% of the time. (Source: TNS 2013 High Performing Company Benchmark)
Strong leaders also don’t set themselves apart from the team just because they lead. Instead they are right in the middle, playing an essential role just like everyone else. Leading by example with honesty, integrity and loyalty will go a long way in creating a strong organization. Building an effective organizational culture is more than minding the financials. Leaders must balance the day-to-day organizational tasks with fostering the team. If there isn’t a team, then there really isn’t a culture.