Leading in the workplace can take all shapes and forms. It can be a formal role with hierarchy and a title or an informal role such as a mentor or coach. It can be in the public, private or NGO sectors. Many organizations promote people into team leadership roles without a firm understanding of whether that person is qualified to lead people. Sometimes they are able to lead teams naturally, sometimes they get a lot of energy from it, but sometimes they do not enjoy it and do not feel comfortable with it at all.
Leading can also be important in your private life. Consider if you are the person that organizes events for your friends, or coaches a sports team, or even organizes your family vacations, then how do you do that successfully with the least amount of conflict? Do you gain buy-in? Is it easy?
Leadership skills can help you in every facet of life.
If you want to influence change or make an impact, learning to lead is a core skill to achieve that goal. The truth is that anyone can learn the skills that are required to be a leader if they really put their mind and effort into it, but it is more important to understand if your personality is actually aligned to a leadership role. None of us is comfortable doing something we don’t feel good about or get energy from. Is it something that comes naturally to you? Do you enjoy leading? Is it something you want to do or is it something you have to do? Does it create stress? Or does it feel natural?
The Weavee Leadership Report uses the Big Five elements of work-life as a foundation of the test but is additionally supported by extensive research on leadership theory, coaching experience, and management expertise. The foundation of the six core elements of management is taken from the Harvard Business Review theory on “Fundamental skills every leader should practice” expanded on by our team of experts as it relates to personality.
The facets of leadership measured are based on the following areas:
* Vision and strategy
* Intellectual learning
* Self-efficacy and ambition
* Self-discipline and self-confidence
* Risk-taking and adventurousness
* Assertiveness and decision making
* Friendliness and empathy
* Cooperation and collaboration
* Resilience and flexibility
Different types of leadership are applicable to different environments and different needs. Not every situation calls for an inspirational leader, and not every situation calls for a rigid leader, but it is worth understanding what types of leadership will suit your situation.
Some people believe that being a leader is about being the boss and bossing people around, but being a leader is not that simple.
Being a great leader
It has been scientifically proven that the most successful leaders are those that see their role as a responsibility to their people. If the leader ensures that the employees are responsible for achieving their goals this inevitably leads to the leader achieving their and the organization's goals. Therefore the term “leader” can be used interchangeably with the term “manager” for the purposes of this report.
“There are two things that I consider when analyzing my success as a leader.
The first is the understanding and acceptance that I only succeed if you [my team] succeed. The second is the question: Do you want to work with me again? If you have succeeded whilst on my team and you would work for me again, then I would consider myself to have been a good leader.” – Daniele Farnaccia
Over two years, every individual on Daniele’s team won national awards for their work at one of the big five banks in Canada.
Motivating your team, your people, well is a sure-fire way to achieve success.
At Weavee we believe that a successful leader must have three motivations: