Great, you’ve just been promoted to a supervisor’s position, and now it’s your job to lead a team – be it two or twenty people. It’s always been a goal of yours, a chance to better show your talent. But there’s a big question that remains: do you know how to lead a team? Leadership comes naturally to some, and others can learn it. If you harbor some doubts as to where to start, we’ll summarize here, in just three key words, what it means to be a leader.
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If we were to list the evils that bedevil the world as we know it, stress would undoubtedly rank close to the top. This symptom of psychological suffering or tension, which arises during our day-to-day activities, whether for personal or for work-related reasons is a mark of the contemporary world in which we live out our days. The principal problem is that in the long run, stress can lead to burnout – defined as physical or mental exhaustion brought on by overwork. And then, everyone’s health is at risk: yours, that of your employees and, of course, that of your company. Yes: welcome (or not!) to work overload!
Do you often feel that you’re performing your tasks by rote, without thinking about them or questioning precisely what it is you are doing? Are you afraid to take a step outside of your routine, even if it could lead to exciting developments in your career? These are characteristics of people who are stuck in their comfort zone, a state in which professionals prefer to preserve themselves, keeping anxieties at a tolerable level and their performance at a stable, though not optimal, level.
There are some foolproof tips for people who want to become good leaders (and since you’re reading this…), but others aren’t quite so clear. It’s the case with decision-making: which path should you follow? Joanna Barsh and Johanne Lavoie, who both work with the consultancy McKinsey, have released a book called Centered Leadership: Leading with Purpose, Clarity, and Impact, where they give tips for new models of behavior that can increase your ability of leadership and motivation – and to make that kind of leadership come to you naturally. If we were to sum up the concept in just a few words, it’s about how daily doses of leadership and motivation can turn us into born leaders. Enjoy!
“The master’s eye makes the cattle thrive.” It’s not the first time we’ve used this aphorism on our blog. The phrase refers to the level of attention that an owner focuses on their business. A sense of ownership is the differentiated mentality of people who want to see their company thrive, ensuring stability, profits and growth. Imagine if every one of your company’s employees and managers had this same mentality?
Have you stopped to think about what happens when, in Formula 1, a racecar goes into the pit-stop? Consider the preparation required to make everything happen as quickly and efficiently as possible, to keep the driver competitive. Tire replacement, refueling, needed repairs, engine tuning, etc.: there’s a lot to do in a matter of seconds. Those teams don’t just need to be made up by the most skilled professionals; they need to be perfectly trained and synchronized to complete their task as planned. They are, without a doubt, some of the best examples of high-performance teams, a subject which we will discuss now.
Until recently, knowledge was for the few. To learn something, you would need to take a course, turn to a specialist or spend weeks at a time looking through books and other sources. The internet was still unavailable for most of us, and the amount of information that could be found on it was far less extensive than it is today. But things have changed, a lot. These days, we’re just a few clicks away from accessing any – yes, any – information. In other words, we are now undeniably in the age of the knowledge-based economy. And the sooner your company is ready for it, the better.
Have you ever heard of People Analytics? It’s the practice of applying advanced analytics and large amounts of data to human resource management – independently of the company’s size. Just five years ago, only a few leading firms (such as Google) adopted the methodology. Today, it is increasingly prevalent in the corporate world. That’s because People Analytics is proving to be an extremely effective way of managing a company’s talent management operations – conducting performance assessments, for example. And it is about just that, the process of using data to evaluate the performance of your employees, that we will talk about now.