How to become a workplace leader

Posting date: 25 April 2023

According to recent data from the OECD, Switzerland's GDP is on track to grow by 2.5% in 2022 and is expected to slow to 1.3% in 2023. In challenging economic times, efficient workplace leaders are more valuable than ever.


Leadership requires you to manage and guide your team to actualise the needs and objectives of the business. Research shows a strong correlation between employee engagement and business success. Therefore, business units that practice quality employee engagement can expect to have fewer quality defects and less absenteeism. This suggests that prioritising a relationship-orientated style of leadership alongside business acumen is crucial for adapting your leadership for the next generation.


Read on to find out how you can become a workplace leader and get the best out of your team.


Emotionally intelligent leadership


Emotionally intelligent leadership requires a balancing between being self-aware and being other-aware. A large body of research into emotional intelligence stresses the importance of learning about your team’s strengths and weaknesses. As a result, you can establish an appropriate management and motivation method that works well for your team.


Additionally, working towards being an emotionally intelligent leader requires an understanding of everyone's needs. John Adair’s Action-Centred Leadership Model advocates assessing your team’s needs, task needs and individual needs equally. A successful leader considers all three needs; the more congruent they are, the more effective the leader will be. Moreover, the ability to read into the body language of your team members is also advantageous, especially since not all needs are verbally expressed.


Mastering the ‘people’ element in leadership


A successful leader would have learnt the mastery of leading by example and building great relationships at work.


What does a workplace leader actually look like to you? Or an even better question is, what do you need from your workplace leader? Amidst reports, reviews and risk management, a relationship-orientated style of leadership should be of equal value. Your relationship with each member of your team is crucial as well as validating ideas and opinions. This is because it has a direct impact on the rest of your team, their performance and their overall well-being in the workplace. A good leader looks to ensure inclusivity and demonstrates a willingness to listen.


Good leaders express gratitude


As a workplace leader, you are responsible for creating a culture of consideration and appreciation within your team. Expressing gratitude elicits a range of positive emotions toward business goals and ultimately helps your team to stay motivated towards achieving those goals. Leadership that endorses positive emotions is a healthy type of leadership.


Associate positive emotions as the 'mental glue' that binds the leader and the team together.


Swisslinx Can Help You Become A Great Leader


As a swiss market leader, we have an outstanding track record in matching candidate aspirations to client opportunities. Specialising in a range of core recruitment markets, including digital and technology, healthcare and life sciences, as well as consulting, we place employee engagement at the heart of what we do. Get in touch with us today to find out more about our services.


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