5 leadership skills that managers will need in 2018
By o.c. tanner in Leadership
With the start of the new year, those in leadership roles ought to be taking some time to do a bit of reflecting on what skills they’ll need in 2018. Fortunately, O.C. Tanner has done the research and provided insights regarding the five critical leadership skills necessary for managers to have fine-tuned.
1. Technology Management.
With the ever-growing amount of technology becoming increasingly present in the workplace, managers will need to be knowledgeable about developing information, along with the challenges and opportunities that accompany it. Doing so will also require successfully managing the changing relationship between people and emerging tech.
2. Receptive to Input.
As millennials begin to shape the greater portion of the labor market, managers will need to shift from an “I’m in charge” mindset to a more receptive mentality, open to others’ input and focused on developing their teams. A recent study found that “under half of employees say they help influence important decisions at work,” so focus should be given on empowering teams to be contributors, which creates a sense of camaraderie and enables them to do great work.
3. Emotional Intelligence.
Emotional intelligence is what enables us to be better self-aware and understand our own strengths and weaknesses. Doing so leads to greater amounts of empathy, which managers will need to address the changing workplace landscape and have a greater perspective on what is (and what isn’t) working on their teams.
4. Communicate Purpose.
When it comes to understanding the difference the company makes in the world, too many organizations have not clearly articulated their reason for being to its employees. Managers would do well in finding a way to communicate the organization’s purpose in an inspiring, culture-building way. And because only 54% of employees say their organization’s purpose motivates them, it is critical that managers help their employees understand how their individual roles help the organization succeed at fulfilling its purpose.
5. Provide Opportunities.
While providing opportunities certainly is not something new to managers in their roles as leaders, how it is understood is. Though career pathing is important, managers should stop anchoring opportunity to promotion. Rather, managers should give employees a sense of opportunity by giving them the chance to participate on cross-functional teams, learn, grow, provide input, expand responsibilities, and get exposure to other business functions regardless of their actual title.
The beginning of a new year is an exciting time to focus on past successes. It’s also a time to consider what will be required to make this year the best yet. By making some small changes and additions to your skillset repertoire, you can attain all of the necessary skills needed to successfully lead your team through 2018.
Not sure where to begin? O.C. Tanner knows all about what it takes to shape the work environment into something great. Contact us today to learn more.