Lead­ing your team into the new year

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - YOUR SAY - SARAH PRYOR CHAM­BER VICE-PRES­I­DENT

LEAD­ING into Christ­mas and the new year, it’s time to start think­ing about 2019 and your as­pi­ra­tions, goals and res­o­lu­tions.

When it comes to your pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment goals for next year, I chal­lenge you to think about how you can be­come a more ef­fec­tive leader.

The words “man­age­ment” and “lead­er­ship” are two of the most com­monly used terms when it comes to busi­ness but how many of you have ac­tu­ally thought about how they dif­fer?

The ma­jor­ity of peo­ple use both terms in­ter­change­ably and be­lieve they are rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the same per­son­al­ity traits. Af­ter re­cently com­plet­ing lead­er­ship stud­ies and re­flect­ing on my own per­sonal jour­ney, I am con­vinced this is not the case.

A leader doesn’t have to hold a po­si­tion of au­thor­ity in a busi­ness, they can sim­ply pos­sess the be­hav­iours, per­son­al­ity and be­liefs that peo­ple re­late to, re­spect and are mo­ti­vated by.

Ev­ery­one’s lead­er­ship style is dif­fer­ent and there are a mul­ti­tude of suc­cess­ful ap­proaches de­pend­ing on the struc­ture of your busi­ness. Here are some broad ques­tions, ap­pli­ca­ble to many busi­nesses, for you to ask your­self to in­spire you to think about what you can do to de­velop and/or be more ef­fec­tive as a leader:

What do you do to take in­ter­est in the suc­cess of your em­ploy­ees?

How do you en­able them to reach their per­sonal goals?

De­scribe your in­ter­per­sonal skills when in­ter­act­ing with em­ploy­ees

Do you in­volve peo­ple in plan­ning and ask for their in­put when plan­ning the fu­ture of the busi­ness?

Do you trust your em­ploy­ees and em­power them to per­form their role?

List the ways you in­spire and mo­ti­vate your team

How do you com­mu­ni­cate with your team? Does it pro­duce suc­cess­ful re­sults?

Are peo­ple fol­low­ing you or work­ing for you?

If you’re un­sure of some of the an­swers to these ques­tions, why not ask your team?

Ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship di­rectly re­lates to or­gan­i­sa­tional cul­ture and, in turn, cor­re­lates to busi­ness per­for­mance.

The more ef­fec­tive lead­ers we are and have in our com­mu­nity, the greater the pros­per­ity and fu­ture of the Coffs Coast’s busi­nesses and econ­omy.

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