The 6 Top Challenges Leaders Face (Part 2 of 3)

blog-6challengesIn our previous post, we mentioned six of the top leadership challenges leaders face are facing and focused on one of those challenges: developing managerial effectiveness. Today, we’ll focus on three more of the challenges ~ inspiring others, developing employees and leading a team are all related to the relationship-orientated part of leadership.

This is more important in today’s context of work, where organizations are encouraging leaders to pursue and participate in relationships that develop their direct reports and team members. So leaders need to build and maintain relationships by inspiring others, developing others and leading their team.

While developing relationships with others is a huge challenge, here are some other things to consider:

1. Take an active role in mentoring, coaching and developing others.

Provide challenging opportunities for others, promote your employees, trumpet their successes and empower others to increase their area of competence. Support your people by providing guidance and feedback.

2. Meet the needs of your employees.

It’s not just about making sure that your employees have the right software or office supplies, You also have to meet their psychological and social needs. Many people need to be validated by others and desire to be part of something. A leader must meet the differing needs of the many individuals with whom they work on a daily basis.

3. Manage team effectiveness.

Make sure your team has a clear purpose, strong support and effectively shares information among the group and with important stakeholders outside of the group.

In our next blog, we’ll focus on the remaining two challenges and look at opportunities for leaders to consider in these areas.  Tell us what you think.  Tweet us @abetterleader or email us at

Chris Craddock

As the leader of Projections' production team, Chris loves to inspire others to perform at the highest levels! From the most challenging leadership opportunities to brainstorming the latest topics leaders want to learn about, Chris provides clear direction and vision.