By Billy Arcement
I came across an article listing the challenges leaders face on a global scale. Here is my take on these six challenges:
1) Developing managerial skills
Leading and managing are different. My experiences filling these roles proved to me one needs both skills to do either job well. Leaders are charged with being the visionary but responsible for developing managerial skills.
Perhaps you’ve read this scripture quote: Without vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18).Vision provides a glimpse of the future. But to get to that destination, a bit of housekeeping is needed. And, that is what good managers do. They run the day-to-day activities that help the vision becoming reality.
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2) Being a source of inspiration
To be a leader, one must have followers. Gaining "followship" starts with the ability to convince (inspire) someone to follow you. They must believe in your plans, sense the value you bring to the organization and be willing to help make your plans reality.
Inspiration is coupled with a surge of personal energy and excitement. Leaders need both to keep momentum going.
Grow the skill of “selling your vision” and building confidence in your leadership. That’s necessary so you can lead others “to the promised land.”
3) Developing employees
The growth of employees directly impacts the potential success of the organization. Leaders have an obligation and duty to improve the skills and knowledge of every employee. When I managed, I had an individual growth plan for every employee reporting to me. I also had one for myself. Doing this brings greater employee satisfaction, a greater potential for promotions and the opportunity to help the organization grow. Leaders should “recruit” someone that can eventually take their place. Not having a replacement lessens your promotable opportunities. Don’t be selfish. Help every employee maximize their contribution. Help them grow greater satisfaction with their career. It’s what great leaders do!