Facing the Hardest Part of Leadership

April 8, 2013  |  Posted by in Leadership Development

Great leaders are not made overnight, and no matter how much experience a person has, he or she can always benefit from learning, growing and training in the professional atmosphere. The business world and traditional workforces are in an era of constant change, and employees are evolving their work habits and taking on new initiatives. Training in leadership development is essential in order to keep up with what Harvard Business Review calls the “relentless change” of the working environment and still maintain strong relationships with workers. Personal development is key, and those who want to succeed and see their company grow need to take their roles and responsibilities seriously.

HBR writers Gary Hamel and Polly LaBarre concluded that organizations should redistribute power and give more employees the ability to lead. But in order to do so, businesses have to support and educate team members. Training people and equipping them for leadership roles is the first step to helping them become cognitively aware and insightful leaders. The hierarchies of the traditional work office are quickly becoming a thing of the past, and, as the HBR article suggests, reorganizing the structure and roles within the workplace might be a game-changer.

But what is the hardest part about leadership? As more staff take on additional responsibilities and lead their own departments based on new initiatives, it becomes increasingly important for people to understand how to work with and around other people. In an article for Inc. magazine, Les McKeown says the difficult, yet incredibly important part of leading is being able to interact with team members as equals and not feel the need to be in charge of them constantly. The professional atmosphere is changing at a rapid pace, meaning the line between leading and following is becoming increasingly blurry. Being able to work on the same level as employees while also guiding them to a successful venture is important now and will become even more so in the very near future.

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