Organizational leadership is the merging of expert tactics with the application of human psychology to create a positive organizational culture and promotion of organizational development.
Keep the following tips in mind for becoming an effective leader:
It Starts with You: Before you can lead anyone else, you have to lead yourself. This means you must know yourself, your motivations, and be able to serve as a role model. Being an effective organizational leader means having the ability to evaluate yourself as a leader, and the willingness to make changes when necessary.
Employees are People: A high level of emotional intelligence is required because employees are first and foremost people. An effective leader creates an organizational culture where people know they are valued, heard, empowered and encouraged. Strong organizational culture is created not only through work, but bonding as people. Good leaders plan team building activities and celebrations for successes and personal milestones such as birthdays or work anniversaries.
Communication Matters: Effective organizational leaders create an organizational culture where open communication is valued and encouraged. Employees need to know they can speak freely, and leaders must strike a balance between knowing what is going on within the team, while not resorting to micro-management.
Organizational Development: A good leader is also a good mentor. A strong organizational leader knows how to coax the best performance out of each individual on the team, and is interested in their individual personal and professional development. Good people produce good products and services, so good leaders ensure the right employees are in the right position for the organization’s needs.
Organizational Strategy: While the concern for organizational leaders is largely employees, it also requires an understanding of how effective leadership affects the implementation and development of organizational strategies. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are an important aspect of a strong organizational leader. Leaders should be prepared to anticipate future organizational needs to meet goals.
Be Prepared for Change and Crises: Great organizational leaders are prepared with solutions in times of unexpected change and crisis. When problems arise, good leaders don’t react emotionally. Instead, they take time to evaluate the situation. They view change as an opportunity, and are ready to lead the team with grace in a new direction.