Leadership is about inspiring and influencing others to work together towards a common goal while allocating scarce resources to achieve change.  Leadership is your business’s core competency in meeting the many challenges it faces. 

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But Leadership is also multi-dimensional, so here are 10 top tips for leading your organisation:

  1. Have a clear vision or understanding about what you are trying to achieve –  Without having an end goal in mind, it is hard to determine what direction to take
  2. Have a very good understanding of your environment, both internally and externally –  This will provide you with the insight needed to make appropriate choices, and it may provide you with creative ideas and strategies to sustain your organisation’s competitive advantage
  3. Take an entrepreneurial orientation by really understanding what your core business is and who your target market is – as this technical expertise will provide you with mechanisms to cope with complexity and change.  It will also provide you with insight into what your competitors are doing or what your organisation could be doing
  4. Understand the legislative/regulatory environment of your industry and organisation – These external rules provide frameworks/guidelines by which you/your organisation must function because to work outside of them puts your organisation and your staff at risk
  5. Develop/understand appropriate organisational policies and procedures that reflect the culture of the organisation – because these operational guidelines provide exemplars of best practice which allows your staff to consistently do their job properly by providing quality products and services to your customers
  6. Understand your own leadership style and work preferences – so you know how tthey influence your decision making, work outputs and your relationship with others
  7. Develop effective communication strategies and networks – as this will ensure that you are emulating the right messages which will instil trust in your team.  Effective networks will also provide you with sounding boards and opportunities
  8. Understand your teams’ work preferences and ways of working – humans are unique so each of your team members will have their own ways and styles of working.  Understanding these means that you can help match the right people to work with one other, while also determining what their individual needs may be
  9. Knowing your team beyond their job and the workplace – by understanding your teams’ physical/psychological needs you can take these into account when making decisions
  10. Take many approaches to performance management – humans thrive in the right situations and with right rewards and recognition.  This comes from understanding the lay of the land in the workplace and how people are functioning in that environment
Leadership is multi-dimensional
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