Continuing with the theme of developing a high performance culture, another prerequisite to doing so is effective leadership.
This need has clearly been recognized in the marketplace as, according to data shared by Northeastern University, 58% of U.S. companies say their number one strategic priority is closing their current leadership skill gaps. The study also indicated that many more plan to increase their total spending on leadership development initiatives in the next few years— “now treating professional development as an important component of their business strategy.”
Leadership provides the energy for change and the commitment to sustain it. Today’s leaders must continually work to hone and refine a range of skills if they are to engage and lead a cultural shift.
These skills include:
- Communication and active listening
- Method of sharing optimism, energy and enthusiasm
- Risk assessment
In addition, creating and working with a select work group is an ideal way to exercise, analyze and improve these leadership skills.
Finally, it’s important to note that, contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be in a C-level role to be considered a leader. Strong leaders exist—and are highly valued—at every level of business to inspire, engage, and influence their colleagues and stakeholders.