What makes a good leader is a question you might have asked yourself before. And you probably heard about the differences between managers and leaders.
In our newly defined workplaces, where most people work from home and decisions need to be made daily, a few leaders are not enough anymore.
Top-down managed or led companies are outdated. Their structures are too slow. They do not inspire people and kill creativity and responsiveness. Your customers want a quicker service and better products, so you need everyone to use and contribute their talent.
Redistribution of power and leadership
What makes a good leader is the redistribution of power and leadership.
You can take the stress out of leadership by understanding that the brainpower of an organisation doesn’t only sit within the management office anymore, but the whole company. Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson talk about this in their book ‘The One Minute Manager‘.
So maybe we need to rephrase the question to ‘What makes a good team?’ And there is not really a secret here. The answer to both questions, what makes a good leader and what makes a good team, is to treat people fairly and like adults. After all, you did employ them because they are capable of doing the job, right?
Give your employees the autonomy to make decisions that are good for them, your teams, your business and your customers.
What makes a good leader and what are the benefits?
People work best when they feel good about themselves. People feel good about themselves when they are treated with respect and are in control. And when people have control and responsibility over their tasks, they put in more effort.
You will also see:
- Lower staff turnover.
- Less sick days.
- Improved customer service.
- Increased productivity.
- Increased revenue and profitability.
In short: you will have more time and money to do the things you do best. Whether that is to be creative and invent new or improve existing products and services, grow the business, scout for partnerships, or simply let your business run itself.
It’s up to you!
Check out this case study of ‘Distributed leadership in practice‘ and book a call with me to find out more: +44 20 8123 0542.