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The Key to Great Leadership

Becoming a great leader comes with hard work and various levels of dedication. While it may not be an easy path, the end of the road to success will be met with the both personal and organizational achievements.

Lead by example. Let others know how you want office practices to be run by being the first to fall in line. Set the tone and allow others to follow. This will allow for employees to begin to trust you as a leader and believe that you mean what you say. Not only will this help improve the general workings of the business, it will also improve the workplace culture.

Effectively communicate. Don’t speak to be heard, but rather, speak to be understood. Take time out of your day and listen to your most valuable asset,  your employees. The openness and willing to hear what they have to say will help facilitate an open dialogue. Ensure you properly communicate so that company downfalls and achievements are easily heard, understood and acted on. It is important to shorten non-imperative messages so when a time-consuming message arises, employees take the importance seriously.

Learn from the past leaders. Think about how successful the company is currently and what can be changed to grow with greater success. Incorporate the achievements of leaders into the current culture. Inspire those around you by implementing proven practices and discovering new ways to help the organization grow so you can leave a legacy behind.

Continually learning and enhancing your knowledge will provide you with new ideas that can complement your vision and ideas to your organization. Whether it be from an employee, colleague or superior, there is always a lesson to be learned that can be taken with you throughout your life. Open your mind to new avenues of success and possibilities. Great leaders never stop learning and create success stories.

A working culture

Often, a company’s culture molds the success of employees and can ultimately have one of the largest impacts on job satisfaction and low turnover rates. A culture fit is one of the key traits assessed when hiring an individual. Before determining if a candidate adapts well into the company’s culture, it is best to understand the values, attributes, and goals the organization values most, and then translating those ideas into a successful interview and hiring process.

When defining these traits, it is best to articulate a comprehensive message across all departments within the organization. It’s recommended to identify and characterize the culture in a way that can be recognized by everyone in the organization and will translate to hiring success throughout the business.

While defining the traits of the organization is helpful in identifying characteristics in potential recruits; real-time exposure to the culture of the company allows for the candidate to become engaged and attain insight on the overall organization.  By giving potential employees a tour of the office and allowing them to observe how different departments interact with one another, it will not only enable you to note their comfort level and adaptability to the office space but it will give them the sense of belonging, and when hired, make for a smooth transition into the company. The candidate who shares the same values and fits well with the organization will be easily noticeable, making the selection process an easy decision for the hiring manager.

By internally assessing the cultural of the organization followed by displaying the culture through the recruiting process, the success of the hired individuals will ultimately drive growth, promote positive outcomes and bring success to the organization.

Recruit With Your Culture

The culture of the workplace has become a critical aspect in the interest of new job seekers.

If you work in the right environment, opportunity and success usually accompanies and therefore, companies must transition themselves into a position that will cater to the new and upcoming workplace shift without losing their values and the productivity as a company.

But, how can employers do this?

Think of the work setting as a household. Have main gathering areas such as conference rooms or lounge spaces where employees can meet or bounce ideas off of one another. Inversely, make spaces available that offer an escape for employees that may need to focus or prefer time by themselves. Finally, utilize the outdoors. Allow employees to enjoy fresh air either with coworkers or by themselves.

Not only will these areas allow employees to pick and choose the environment they feel most comfortable in, but it will also allow for increased peer-to-peer connection and stronger work/project outcomes.

Aside from the obvious setting, it is also important to bring inspiration and enlightenment to the office. Don’t flood the room with work supplies but rather decorate with vibrant colors and paintings. Employees are more apt to be more productive in a bright and colorful area compared to areas that stick to neutral color pallets.

But don’t just act on this new recruiting tool – live it. Start from the top down and create a positive and safe environment. Greet coworkers in the hallway and genuinely welcome guests. People respond positively to genuine impressions so therefore, recruits will be more prone to entertaining the possibility of a job should they feel a strong connection with the people that they will be working with and for.

No matter the type of environment you have created or plan to create in the workplace, it is important to design a community that will be conducive and align well with the overall mission and vision of the business. Opportunity lies with uniquely creating your workspace in a way that will attract outstanding employees while showing off the success of the company.