The Art of Crafting World-Class Leaders
Business is plagued by one recurring problem: management. Take a close look at any business that is struggling with change, innovation, employee satisfaction, or growth, and the culprit is management. At least superficially; but perhaps the problem is deeper.
Talent versus technical abilities
The dynamics of hiring have changed over the years. With a larger pool of candidates, successful human resources professionals are working to focus on finding a good organizational fit.
Leadership greatness is scarce due to the focus on people’s technical abilities rather than who they are as individuals. The expectation of being able to handle the management sciences resembles the same thought process of “if the sun rises, it is light out.” The failure is in creating better leaders, in teaching how to be great and how to lead people with integrity and courage.
Get rid of misconceptions
There is an old saying that great leaders are not taught, they are born. But no doctor ever declared, “congratulations, it’s a leader!” The idea that someone was born to lead is a concept that we must change; if we do not, we, as human resources professionals, are setting up managers to fail. Recognizing the strength of our managers, outside of their everyday job functions is of paramount importance if we want them to become better leaders.
Being able to recognize that Operator Joe, who comes in every day on time, stands at his machine and does his job well but is frequently making recommendations for process improvements, is capable of doing more than running his machine is essential. This is how change happens. This is how innovation elevates a company. This is how barriers are broken, and a culture that inspires better leaders is created.
True human resources
Superficially, the plague of a struggling business may appear to be a problem with management, but every company’s greatest strength is its people. People are an asset not only for the tasks they perform but also for their insight into innovation and growth. It is the ingenuity of the people – and the ability of a great leader to recognize and bring those people together – that turns those struggles into opportunities for a remarkable future.