The leadership team's role in creating a cohesive workplace environment
This article has been contributed by Mike Hillman of Simply Advanced, a member of our Partners of MidSouthWest Program.
How can you succeed as a leader in your workplace?
When you think about leadership and the amount of responsibility put on someone who is accountable for a group of people it can become overwhelming and at times, extremely stressful. But it doesn’t have to be this way, in fact, leadership can be the exact opposite and it all boils down to the one thing - the level of trust between the leader and the people they are leading.
Many of us spend our days in a leadership position mainly trying to serve the needs of our boss, forgetting that we should be serving the needs of our teams.
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At Simply Advanced we view leadership and teams as an aligned partnership that enables them to build bridges to cross whatever difficult paths they may travel. When the trust is strong, those bridges cannot be broken no matter the size of the challenge they are dealt.
Too often these bridges can be destroyed by a push to increase the bottom line at any cost. This type of thinking fosters individualistic needs and the teams and leaders go into survival mode.
When you enter into this atmosphere of self preservation, it inherently weakens the organization…your bridge has crumbled and the foundation that carries leadership and teams in a common direction has been destroyed. However, it’s not to say a bridge can't be rebuilt or repaired if you recognize the problem early enough.
Taking responsibility and achieving success
This responsibility solely lies with highest level of leadership in the organization. The job of the leader is to create a safe environment in which people are motivated and inspired to look after one another. This can only be done when the leader of the organization sets the vision, then follows and supports the team day in and day out.
What does your bridge look like?
Not to worry at Simply Advanced we have programs designed to enhance any Leaders ability to work with a team in establishing relationships and creating a foundation of trust.
Simply Advanced is a member of our Partners of MidSouthWest program, which brings together companies offering superior quality services to promote safety and healthy workplaces. Contact us to learn more about this program.
Last updated January 25, 2019