As the Head of Platform Delivery at Suuchi Inc., the Founder of both a consultancy company and a mentorship program for high school/college students, as well being a parent, I have spent much time reading and thinking about what it takes to be a leader, and to do it well. Essentially, society is prepping us for some form of leadership even as children.
From our youth, we are told “LEAD BY EXAMPLE,” “Treat others as you wish to be treated” and the clichés go on and on. Is there a magic formula? I am afraid not, but for me, there are 5 KEY ELEMENTS I’d like to share:
- Have a vision and be able to communicate that idea, along with the company’s mission and goals. Provide clarity and set clear expectations, knowing when making adjustments as required. Be approachable and ACTIVELY listen.
- Connect with your people, which will create a culture of respect. Be able to identify and put to good use an individual’s strengths while providing training in areas required. Ignite passion and motivation!
- Often referred to as a “Change Agent,” I believe that an effective leader must be able to create, drive, and invest in change. By nature, humans are creatures of habit. The majority of people do not like change, and it can be threatening to some in business. An effective leader needs to be able to make decisions and steer the ship through the sometimes rough waters.
- Nurture a healthy culture: A positive environment often leads to positive results. A team is often a state of mind.
I can go on and on but I won’t (smile) However, I will end with one of my favorite inspirational quotes:
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – President John Quincy Adams
So, I ask again: Leadership Pre and Post-Covid19 – is there really a difference?