How to develop Leadership Skills in a Changing Business Culture

*This is a collaborative post*

One of my favourite tv shows in the world is The Office…The american version because as controversial as it might be for a Brit to say this I think that this variant is substantially better (come fight me in the comments if you disagree). Not only is this show hilarious, albeit sometimes so silly and far fetched, it makes you really realise that terrible managers are something that everyone across the globe can relate too.

Good jobs and good management can be really hard to come by. We live in a world nowadays where it’s more uncommon now for someone to stay within the same job at the same company or even in the same sector, the amount of potential jobs or careers available to pursue these days are increasing so if you wanted to completely change what you do you could with the tip of a hat; metaphorically speaking of course. Please don’t walk into the job centre and flick your baseball cap off and expect to come out employed as an astronaut.

More often than not people are changing their current job roles to go somewhere different to try something new, for a better pay scale, if it’s closer to their home and the new workplace is easier to travel to. Another reason a lot of people. myself included, have left jobs is because of poor management. Knowing there’s nothing you can do to fight this is particularly frustrating and often you feel like leaving is the best thing you can do mentally and emotionally.

I’ve worked in different roles and at different levels and something that I sadly noticed a lot was the different ways people would speak to me if I was the early morning cleaner compared to if I was the main manager in charge. The latter of which may have paid me more (just about!) but I can tell you I was nowhere near as miserable and unhappy as the cleaner! I personally believe that the desired traits to become a good manager are as simple as being a good leader, a good listener and good at the job in hand.

These are brilliant attributes for anyone to have and hold but when you’re in a position of importance and/or responsibility it’s even more vital to have.

Leadership is crucial at all levels, in both the private and public sectors. Indeed, when a company fails to meet its standards, one of the primary causes of blame is that there was a “lack of leadership” within the organization. However, it’s important to be aware that leadership isn’t a static idea that is easily replicated using a few simple steps — and that’s because the nature and role of leadership are forever changing.

At some times, these changes can be considered subtle, since society and the business world often changes slowly. However, there are times when new skills and change become more desperately needed, since things have progressed too quickly for society to catch up. In this category, you could place more or less everything to do with information. We may be living in the ‘information culture,’ but that doesn’t mean that we’re hitting it out of the park on all fronts.

Part of the issue is that while we can identify the skills that we need for leadership in this climate of information, there is something of a shortage of those skills. To succeed in this role, the candidate must have existing leadership qualities (such as promoting teamwork, handling conflicts and so on) and also skills related to information. They would need to have experience and expertise in things like how to store and manage data, how to differentiate between valuable and non-important data, and how to investigate data.

To learn more, take a look at the infographic from the University of Southern California below.

Infographic by University of Southern California University of Southern California

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Hey you? Come here often? 😏 my name is Abbie and this is all the stuff I think, say and do. My teachers told me I had no aptitude for physical education and probably won’t amount to much. I mean so far they’re only half wrong?

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