Few would argue the importance of strong company culture. In fact, 94% of executives believe a distinct workplace culture is vital to a business’ success. Yet, only 12% of executives believe their companies have the right culture. Why the disconnect?
Learning and development isn’t a new concept, but it’s gained a lot of momentum recently due to a greater emphasis on collaboration and advances in tech. In fact, LinkedIn’s 2019 Workplace Learning Report calls 2019 “the breakout year for talent development.” And an article on the history of learning and development notes that the concept of learning and development as a business partner or business consultant was not even thought of 30 years ago, but is now commonplace.
Leadership has the power to influence culture and plays a critical role in the sustained success of an organization. Good leaders have the ability to create a positive culture and optimally motivate their people, while poor leadership drains motivational outlooks and can poison a culture. It’s important to keep in mind that leadership’s impact on cultivating culture gives companies a competitive advantage over other organizations. Today’s modern organizations can not afford to ignore the influence of leadership has on organizational culture. Great companies intentionally invest in leadership development as a viable business strategy and a means to creating a healthy and engaged culture.
If you’re serious about developing yourself as a leader, regardless of where you are in your career, it’s important to listen and learn from the experts in the field of leadership. This is a great way to continually explore and discover tested and evolving methods and leadership frameworks to use in your own organizations.
Ongoing Feedback and Recognition
It’s a new year with new goals for you, your team, and your organization. But that doesn’t mean that you should wait until the end of the year to check back in with those goals. In fact, ongoing feedback and recognition conversations about the progress, challenges, and triumphs of you and your team goals are critical to, not only the achievement of those goals but improving engagement and optimally motivating others toward the common objectives you’re striving for.
“Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act; falls the shadow.”
If someone asked you what your goals are for 2019, would you be able to list off a few or would you need time to actually sit down and set some goals? There are different types of goals you can set as an individual, with your team, or for your organization. Goals don’t have to be long-term only; you can have daily, weekly, agile bi-weekly, monthly, or quarterly goals.
Whether your goals are short-term or long-term, taking time to set and initiate them is the first step to achieving them, and will help you perform at a higher level, both professionally and personally. When it comes to practicing effective leadership, setting and initiating good goals is essential. An effective leadership plan consists of creating goals and collaborating with others to achieve them.
If you were asked about a person who made an impact on you professionally (or personally), you would probably choose someone who was inspiring. Maybe it was a teacher from high school, a sports coach or a previous manager at an old job. Their lessons and advice have stuck with you throughout your years and propelled your internal drive to succeed in life. The point is: they changed something in you. They helped make you, and the convictions that drive you, what you are today.
Leadership seems intuitive. But leadership can be tricky the more you expand the number of people you’re attempting to influence. Continuing the skills you need to be an effective Self Leader is just the start of the Leadership Journey.
Leadership is not just for those with a corner office or an MBA hanging on the wall. Leadership is not just for those with the title “Chief” or “Vice President.” The reality is that leadership happens in different contexts, including in the self-context, and at every level of an organization.
Implementing learning and development software is a step towards improving your organization’s overall talent. Why? Because it’s an investment in the individual skills and leadership abilities of your employees. Some of the benefits new learning and development software include: