When we think leadership style, we often think leadership type. There are certainly many out there in Edmonton alone. Participative, Autocratic, and Transformational Leadership do come to mind. But when you blend the Carnegie Principles into the equation here in our part of Canada, style means just that; because how you engage is how you lead.
Now, how do you engage employees? What is your style? Simply put, approach is everything. Work teams care about management relationship, being paid attention to, and being involved. Are they included or excluded in purpose and process?
Power is often a great leadership tool if used for the people. Managing it is another thing. As we assess How to Win Friends and Influence People, engagement is everything within a successful organization. Often mutual respect and true teamwork are more important than leadership. The integration of both respect and leadership must go together to support and create opportunity.
The only way to success, as we close this year here in our part of Canada, is through employee engagement and involvement. If you look deeply into Carnegie-focused leadership and management, there is a subliminal “secret sauce” that defines modern leadership as we head into 2014. The key ingredient for today’s leader is influence. Influence is the number one reason why goals and objectives get completed through the organization’s wants and needs.
If we influence the teams in the right directions we get “buy-in. And the collective efforts of teams and managers become the foundation for growth, opportunity, and achievement.
Our local companies are only as strong or as weak as the leadership they employ. Resources are action terms. The skill is in the style.
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