Building authentic leaders in the workplace

21 Sep

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Last month we discussed how finding superstar talent within your organization could help you prepare for the workplace in 2020. Today we are sharing tips on how to build authentic leaders for your organization.

A recent study released by Deloitte stated that 6 to 10 millennials feel as if their leadership skills are not up to par and need to be further developed. Chances are it might be time to upgrade your leadership development program or put one in place to help make sure your current employees are ready to lead.

What is an authentic leader?

An authentic leader empowers colleagues, expresses a strong commitment to the organization, looks to grow as a person, builds trust with executive leadership, is solutions-oriented, and has a genuine and kind demeanor.

Here are 3 tips for what you can do to build authentic leaders within your organization:

  •    Develop or update your corporate leadership program– A corporate leadership program is a great way to find superstar talent within your existing lines of business. The program should span from a week to 6-month timeline. Identify leadership candidates within the organization that are willing to serve as mentors. Have managers nominate their employees that they think will be a great asset to the program. Make sure guidelines and time commitments are clear and expressed up front.
  •    Create a strengths-based working environment–  A strengths-based work environment is where an organization places employees in roles where they naturally fit and are passionate about instead of putting them in a role that needs to be filled. A research study conducted by Gallup showed that people who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged on the job and remain with the company for years. This type of working environment will not only help build your employees’ strengths to benefit the organization but also identify areas you may need to improve upon over the next few years. A strengths-based working environment will help you build diverse teams and empower your employees.
  •    Promote employees who align with the organization’s values and mission– After an employee has spent a while within the organization, you should be able to identify those who have strong values. These are the employees who are actively involved in the company and are willing to help out whenever they are needed.

Corporate leadership programs, strengths-based working environments and promoting rockstar employees who are dedicated to the organization are just a few ways to build authentic leaders within your organization. Download our e-book to discover how investing in your employees can help you yield a healthy return.

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