Modernise your leadership strategy06 May 2014
How many times have you heard or shared the phrase, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”?
Unfortunately, sticking with your traditional methods of leadership – just because they’ve always worked – is not always the best policy. In fact, your desire to adhere to the conventional ways of doing things may actually be doing more harm than good in the modern workplace.
Of course, at its core, the overall premise of business leadership may never change. Motivation, inspiration and respect will continue to be some of the most influential characteristics of a successful manager.
However, those who have been in the business for years have probably noticed dramatic changes to the workforce structure. Developments to most industries and labour force demographics have led to traditional leadership programs losing authority, leading to the need to invest in leadership training to upskill and modernise.
If you’re planning to improve and reinvigorate your managerial strategy, here are two key areas you may need to focus on.
In our increasingly technology-reliant world, businesses have been adopting software and devices at an accelerating rate. With new and important developments in this industry being released every week, leaders will need to regularly update their skills to stay ahead of business technology requirements.
Understanding and being comfortable around these new technology trends is crucial for managers and leaders, as younger, entry-level staff will be looking for education and guidance on any relevant software and devices.
With increases in efficiency, communications and technology, businesses have begun to reach further than ever before. This means even smaller companies can consider global business opportunities, and leaders within these organisations need to be prepared.
Embracing a world-wide market can help increase your consumer base, but will also likely impact on your workforce. It’s important you are ready to lead a more diverse staff and are able to understand how global industry developments could affect your business.