Why leaders are important in the workplace

Leaders are important in the workplace as they can affect change, lead teams through adversity and help individual team members play to their own strengths.

Without a leader, who will strategise and communicate goals across the business and ensure those goals are met to help accelerate the growth of the organisation?

Leaders motivate teams and help achieve company targets, so here’s why leaders are important in the workplace:

Leaders define strategy

A good leader should be the driving force in the workplace, ensuring that everyone is working towards the same end goal.  Strategic thinking, managing the goals of the company, their own goals, as well as those of individual team members, help leaders to ensure progress is being made and deadlines met.

Leaders motivate and empower teams

The ability to motivate a team is no easy task. A good leader should be able to motivate employees and empower them, understanding their strengths and weaknesses. With this ability, greater team synergy will lead to less failures due to enhanced co-operation within the team.

Leaders should also be good listeners and consider the mental health and wellbeing of staff, as well as providing opportunities for them to develop and grow as individuals, as well as within the organisation.

Leaders are great communicators 

Leaders take risks

An effective leader should make final decisions and take responsibility for a team’s actions. Making decisions faster can lead to greater efficiency. They will also need to make tough decisions. Leaders that are against taking risks or don’t want to make enemies won’t make a successful leader in the workplace.

Leaders also need to be able to problem solve efficiently and have strong ethical values, resilience and flexibility for when things do go wrong.

Leaders can coach and mentor

A leader can bring out the best abilities within a team, be able to coach and mentor and boast effective communication skills to share the end goal of the organisation. Leaders that can organise, delegate and forge a solid strategy are going have a greater and more positive impact on the growth of a business.

Our leadership development programmes at the Sir George Buckley Leadership Centre are designed to enhance leadership skills, such as communication, problem solving and delegation. Learn more about the importance of leadership development here.

Find out how you can develop your leadership skills or those your employees through our leadership development programmes here.

Success depends on employees. For me knowing and connecting with my employees is very important.

Divine Ndhlukula

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