Leadership Qualities, Skills, and Abilities that Propel People to Excellence

Leaders that are able to effectively influence their employees gain the trust and respect of their staff and are able to align their vision, mission, and goals.

The post-pandemic workplace as we know is dynamic and continues to evolve. The leadership of organizations in all industries must ensure they provide a solid foundation for its employees to strive. Gone are the days when companies hire a leader for their company, managers, and employees and just operate as usual.

Today’s workplace is more robust and continues to stabilize after the pandemic. The old way of leading an organization consisted of a leader with the title, such as a chief executive officer, president, and or executive director, managers and supervisors were the go between the leader and the employees. The leader had a vision for the company, mission, and goals they wanted to achieve. The managers provided assignments to the employees that represented the workflow to get the leaders vision, mission and goals accomplished.

Leadership development training

It is important to understand that in order for today’s workplace to be effective, the leader with the title, the managers, and employees must be in sync. The best way to ensure the leader, managers, and employees are on the same page is to have them receive leadership development training, this will help ensure organizational success because everyone will be on the same sheet of music.

In today’s workplace not only is the leader with the title in a leadership position, managers and employees are leaders in their own right. For example, the president of a company has the title of a leader and has a mission she or he has for the organization, a vision, mission, and goals to elevate the business performance of the company.

Likewise, the managers of an organization are leaders as well, meaning they work to process and carry out the mission, vision, and goals, of the leader with the title. Managers ensure the workflow is optimized when they delegate duties to the employees.

The importance of investing in employees

Employees in today’s workplace are leaders as well, however no one has told them they are leaders, but they are. Employees ensure the mission, visions, and goals of the organization are performed and because they have a direct impact on the productivity of the organization, they are indispensable. One does not have to have the title of a leader to be a leader.

Without employees, the work does not get done, resulting in the business performance of the organization being impacted. Recent worker strikes in the healthcare industry, auto industry writers guild and screen actors guild, and farmer equipment industry represents what happens when workers pay and benefits is taken for granted, it all comes back to leadership.

It wasn’t that long ago that the pandemic was impacting every aspect of the workforce and workplace, and it impacted the lives of leaders, managers, and employees. For example, what is taking place today in the workplace is the result of the recent pandemic and the evolution of the new workforce that is of a hybrid workplace.

Employees at all levels conducted a self-assessment of themselves during the pandemic and it is the primary reason why the hybrid workplace is a reality and is here to stay for many companies and organizations. Employees are choosing to work from home a certain number of days a week and work remotely on certain days. The bottom line is, employees that work from home are very productive, efficient, and deliver quality work.

What is the answer for companies, organizations, and industries today and in the future? The answer for the workforce and the workplace today and in the future is for the leaders with the title, managers, and employees to be trained using a standardized leadership development program. In other words, leadership in and of itself is the secret sauce to help organizations exceed their business performance goals in today’s rapidly changing workplace.

Why? When the leader with the title develops others leaders such as their managers, and employees, it maximizes the human potential of the organization and will improve an organization’s bottom line, it’s revenue. When an organization has leaders at all levels of the organization, they have a competitive advantage over the competitors in their industry and it gives them a competitive advantage in their industry.

The importance of leadership development

It is important for employees at all levels of an organization to develop their leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities. Keep in mind, businesses operate to solve problems for their customers and clients, thus the higher level of leadership qualities, the better the productivity and business performance will be.

Employees that work remotely from home, virtually, in the local office, regional office, and or the corporate headquarters should all receive the same leadership development training from the same training company, this assists with continuity and is a best practice for successful organizations around the world.

Now more than ever, when it comes to leadership, the quality of a leader is very important. One of the best examples of good qualities of leaders consist of influence and if a leader cannot influence the people that work for them will not be able to see their vision for the organization come to fruition.

Leaders that are able to effectively influence their employees gain the trust and respect of their staff and are able to align their vision, mission, and goals. They should encourage their employees to continuously discover all they can about leadership, by studying the leader with the title or those in other industries. Another way to help employees become better leaders is to assign them leadership duties, such as a special project and get actual leadership experience.

Lastly, the leaders of an organization should get their managers and employees enrolled in leadership development training, workshops, coaching, and training. In other words, the more employees with leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities, the higher the productivity level will be for the organization.

Be mindful that the goal of leaders should be to develop other leaders within the organization and when this is done, one is a leader of influence.

Paul Lawrence Vann
Paul Lawrence Vann is founder and President of Wealth Building Academy, LLC, a leadership consultancy that provides leadership speeches, leadership development workshops, digital leadership courses and books. Vann served over 20 years in the U.S. Air Force (USAF), including twelve consecutive years in the Pentagon working for general officers and DoD executives. He attended every leadership school the USAF had to offer, and he led people and managed billion-dollar resources. Vann retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel from the USAF. He earned an M.S. in Contracts and Acquisition Management from Florida Institute of Technology, an M.A. in Business Management from Central Michigan University, and a B.A. in Business Administration from Shaw University. Vann is the host of Wealth Academy Podcast and leads the YouTube Channel, Leadership Is Influence. Website: www.leadershipisinfluencebook.com