Leaders in U.S. Workplaces
We are savvy people. Although it’s subjective, we can spot great leadership and poor leadership while it’s happening. Sometimes we aren’t quite sure what makes a superb leader stand out in our mind but it typically involves honesty, confidence, humbleness, and authenticity.
Since we know this as a culture, why is there such a shortage of great leadership skill among leaders in U.S. workplaces?
According to a recent report by Gallup, State of the American Workplace, “There is an urgency for leaders to define and convey their vision more clearly — and rally employees around it. Gallup data reveals an unsettling pattern in the U.S. workplace. Employees have little belief in their company’s leadership.
We have found that just:
• 22% of employees strongly agree the leadership of their organization has a clear direction for the organization.
• 15% of employees strongly agree the leadership of their organization makes them enthusiastic about the future.
• 13% of employees strongly agree the leadership of their organization communicates effectively with the rest of the organization.”
With these statistics at startlingly low percentages, what is the bigger impact on the organization, the employees, and the overall business bottom line? What can a person assigned to a leadership position change to increase the percentages among their team?
The one thing leaders cannot do is nothing. They cannot wait for trends to pass them by, and they cannot wait for millennial’s to get older and start behaving like baby boomers. – Gallup Report
The same Gallup report outlines a compelling action plan.
Leaders in U.S. workplaces must determine how they can:
• design and deliver a compelling and authentic employer brand.
• take employee engagement from a survey to a cultural pillar that improves performance.
• approach performance management in ways that motivate employees.
• offer benefits and perks that influence attraction and retention.
• enable people to work successfully from locations besides the office.
• construct office environments that honor privacy while encouraging collaboration.
• improve clarity and communication for employees who work on multiple teams.
Because the rule book is being rewritten, leaders in U.S. workplaces must decide what role they want to play in their organization — now in the midst of change and in the future. They can be passive bystanders or active participants in creating and guiding an exceptional workplace.
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Source credit: Gallup Report – State of American Workplace https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjSp-Ck8LPeAhXCTN8KHf-iBDwQFjACegQIABAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gallup.com%2Ffile%2Fservices%2F176708%2FState_of_the_American_Workplace_&usg=AOvVaw3lKtf7vLk-ShE2xAJzlKwC