The Power of Leadership
In cleaning my desk the other day, I came upon a gift from someone very dear to me – it is Swanson’s Unwritten Rules of Management. As I thumbed through the spiral-bound book and reminisced all that my mentor shared – I came to the realization – I’ve been one lucky girl.
Since my introduction into the workplace, I’ve been gifted with truly brilliant leaders – who lead with their heart, trusted their instincts and truly believed in their team. It is through individuals like these that we, millennials, can truly grow and create a workplace that we dream of. Companies and teams that perform are those that draw from their strengths. So, here’s what I’ve learned from my glimpse into the workforce:
Collaboration is key:
Good leaders are those that bring in the right people at the right time. You must develop productive partnerships, where others feel valued. Once there is a level of accountability and mutual respect, the possibilities are endless!
Be an advocate for your team! It seems so little, but I feel that so often this gets lost. Leaders who set high expectations, then work collaboratively with the team to meet and exceed those results cannot end there! Recognize your team for their hard work and show your appreciate. A thank you goes a long way. (And don’t take the credit for their work – no one likes that).
Be a team member:
Dedication is such an overused word, but I’m using it here. There comes a time when leaders must work beside their team. These are traditionally the most respected managers that yield results. Nothing makes a team more motivated to excel than a leader who also is willing to make the sacrifices to achieve OUR goal.
Lead Change, Don’t Dictate:
No one likes a dictator, especially not millennials. Today’s workforce is comprised of a variety of voices, across different age groups, race/ethnicity and backgrounds – but one thread is common in all of us – we want to feel valued and we want to feel that our opinions and thoughts are appreciated. Forget to listen, and you may find yourself sitting alone in that conference room.
So I guess it’s my time to say thank you! Thank you to two instrumental women who have shaped my career and my professional perception of successful team leadership.
Any of tips and thoughts on various leadership styles?
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