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As a leader, you must know what truly inspires your team to enthusiastically perform at a high level consistently. It is your responsibility to increase employee and workplace engagement in your organisation. The key to achieving this is fostering a culture of empowerment, open communication, and care in your organisation. However, strong leaders are needed to build the engagement levels of the workforce to achieve this cultural transformation.

What are the qualities that such leaders possess? They are aware of their strengths and can leverage them to support and empower their teams or workers. This allows their employees or workforce to come to work each day with a motivated mindset. If you lack these leadership qualities, then you can build them through leadership courses and leadership development programs.

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has an insatiable appetite to disrupt the best laid plans of business leaders.”

These programs are specifically designed to coach and mentor leaders in an organisation such as directors, senior executives, and company secretaries to get the best out of their employees. Additionally, they train these leaders to successfully fill in the key roles that ensure a successful cultural transformation in their organisations.

Some of the key roles that leaders need to nurture

1. Vision Creator

The first step in building an inspiring work culture is determining where you want to go. This means creating a vision that gives team members a sense of purpose, value, and meaning. If you don’t have the end in mind, then you and your team members would just be wandering around and could end up anywhere. A vision must be supported with a mission, the way you will achieve your business objectives and should be backed by core values, the way you and your workforce are expected to behave.

Aligning all your efforts with strategic objectives will provide much-needed direction to team members. Having set objectives will galvanize their ambition, enthusiasm, and commitment.  If you are lost on how to approach this, then you can enrol in leadership courses and leadership development programs for guidance.

2. Motivator

From lower management to board advisory, building a company culture is the responsibility of everyone in the organisation. However, the focus and inspiration for it must come from the leadership, such as directors, senior executives, and company secretaries. Building a company culture needs to be high on the agenda of these leaders.

As a leader, you must reinforce the importance of a successful culture transformation from the very beginning by engaging, focusing and inspiring the entire team towards agreed objectives. Director training can come in handy here as it focuses leaders on how to get the best from their workforce. Do you have a training plan for leadership courses for leadership development and director training in Dubai and internationally?

3. Priority setter

Each organisation has unique values, structure, and objectives. It is the responsibility of leaders in an organisation, such as the board advisory, to review progress and decide on what’s important for the organisation. They also need to motivate employees towards these organisational priorities

Leaders needing help with the process should seek focused leadership courses, director training, or leadership development programs that provide relevant knowledge and training.

4. Role Model

To ensure a successful culture transformation, leaders in an organisation, namely the board of directors and senior executive team must understand the importance of their work and behave accordingly.

Additionally, they must recognise and encourage the behaviour of employees, even when they make mistakes or miss the target. This doesn’t mean that employees are not held to account but that the working environment is a safe place to take calculated risks and occasionally make mistakes. Mistakes should form part of the business transformation improvement process driving the organisation to business excellence.

When people take new actions, mistakes are bound to happen. However, the quality of good leaders is that they make risk-taking safe for employees, demonstrating through their own words and actions that mistakes are an opportunity to learn, improve, and grow. If you don’t have this skill, then you can develop it with director training or executive coaching. Employees work better when their role and responsibilities are clearly defined. Everyone also needs to be held accountable for their actions and the way they achieve individual and corporate objectives.

5. Innovator and trend setter

Successful organisations must evolve and change in order to stay relevant and continue to provide products and services their customers want and need. organisations need to provide an environment which encourages creativity, collaboration and idea development at all levels of the business. If we think of some of the most successful companies; Microsoft, Apple and Samsung they have developed products and services to meet the growing demands of diverse customers and business users through innovative design, functionality and fulfilling the business needs of organisations.

The board of director and the senior management team of an organisation must be able to predict the future trends and set strategies and business objectives to focus on current customers and how to attract new customers and increase brand loyalty. The 4th industrial revolution is forcing established businesses to readdress their strategies, services and products to maintain and grow their market share and avoid disruption from new entrants and competitors. Think of the traditional taxi services and how the likes of Uber, Grab and Lyft have disrupted this industry. Even when we think of the automotive and financial services sectors, these industries are facing challenges through alternative solutions provided through electric and hybrid vehicles and virtual assets and digitalisation respectively. The world is evolving much quicker through technology and digital solutions and organisations must invest in novel and innovative products and services to remain relevant.   

6. Implementer

There is no point setting a strategy, business objectives or a business plan if you are not going to manage your corporate culture effectively.  Peter Drucker was credited for coining the phrase that “culture eats strategy for breakfast” but I would go further to say, ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has an insatiable appetite to disrupt the best laid plans of business leaders’. Corporate culture is almost intangible, but it is exhibited through behaviours, employee engagement and how employees are rewarded or penalised. If you think of an organisation with a culture of ‘fear’ versus a culture of ‘empowerment’, the way employees operate will be totally different. Each organisation has its own corporate culture, and this can change if not managed successfully.

I have worked with some very successful businesses who faced issues through neglecting their corporate culture or by adopting the incorrect leadership style. One such business changed their leader in a division and the new leader tried to impose a very different management style which quickly resulted in a lack of employee engagement, reduced productivity and a massive drop in profitability as employees were treated as mere resources rather than stakeholders.

7. Planning for cultural transformation through leadership

Whenever we are planning a change, we need to consider the implications of the proposed change or transformation. By gaining buy-in and identify ‘change agents’ who will work with us, we stand a better change to implement the desired change or transformation.

The board of directors sets the strategy and oversee the implementation of that strategy, but it is the CEO and their team who manage the implementation, operational matters and cultural tone of the organisation. Having the right team, with the necessary experience is vital to successful implementation and execution of the directives from the directors. The key aspect of corporate culture centres around people and how we as leaders communicate with individuals and teams to keep them involved in the change and fully engaged throughout the transformation.

8. Mental fortitude and resilience

Being a leader and driving change is never easy and it requires mental fortitude and resilience to work through blockages, setbacks and a loss of momentum. During more complex transformation projects employee buy-in fluctuates and engagement can wane. Sometimes it may feel like you are alone but remember you have a team. Encourage your executive team and trusted employees to remind you of some of the successes along the transformation journey.

It is during these times leaders need to keep faith in the transformation project and continue to drive forward with enthusiasm and find ways to reinvigorate employees and change agents. People need to be reminded why the the cultural change is needed and what the benefits are to the organisation and to employees for long-term success and sustainability. Anyone can lead during good times but it takes a special leader to remain positive and committed to driving change even when all about them are negative or doubtful.

“It may feel like you are alone but remember you have a team. Encourage your executive team and trusted employees to remind you of some of the successes along the transformation journey.”

Remember no matter how hard things get during any project eventually the pain, fear and resistance will fade away and you’ll gain employee acceptance. Try to think back to a time when you were facing difficulties or hardship and how you pulled through, these hard times build our character and prepare us for bigger things. This mindfulness will help focus you on the end goal to achieve the cultural transformation project set at the outset of the project.

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