Leadership comes in many shapes, styles, sizes and sex. However, none of that really matters. When it comes to the success of your organization, what does matter is how good you are at leading and is anyone following you?
One of the biggest obstacles leadership faces today is that the world has dramatically evolved over hundreds of years and organizational roadmaps for leadership have not. Innovation comes from an organization’s leadership that has vision and is able to implant his or her vision’s heartbeat into the hearts of the employees – in other words, employee buy-in.
A good example of leadership vision with employee buy-in would be Apple. Their innovative freedom has resulted in explosive use of technology and profitability. Love them of hate them, the same holds true for Fox News in the cable news industry and Rush Limbaugh in the Talk Radio industry. They all have in common a strong dynamic vision and the ability to engage, encourage and involve each of their employee teams.
An additional example for leadership vision and employee commitment is visible in a television commercial run over the last several years by GlaxoSmithKline. It is obvious in one ad that this company believes in touching people’s lives. The message was about the research done for one of their anti-cancer drugs, how long it took and how the profits are being re-invested for research for Alzheimer’s.
The researcher talks about the pictures shown in the background of his son being a young child when he began the research. His son is now a teenager giving the viewer an idea about the great investment in both time and money it takes to develop a new pharmaceutical. While the message may have been about selling a product what came through was trust, commitment and the company vision for a better future for the viewer.
The Silver Age
Have Apple, Fox News, Limbaugh and GlaxoSmithKline found the magic key? Have they unleashed the leadership formula that truly gets employees engaged, encouraged and involved in both their own future and the future of their organization? Have they moved forward into the Silver Age of Leadership and Organizational Operations? If innovation, results and enormous success are the criteria, the answer is a resounding yes.
This begs the question, where are you in the leadership arena? And, is your organization operating with a new roadmap that gives direction and guidance while giving birth to innovation and creating multiple leaders throughout the organization. Leaders that will help everyone achieve their potential and to lift the entire organization up to a new level of achievement that dreams are made of.
The Silver Age is one of action, doing and making things happen. It is a highly constructive and productive era for operations. Yet some of the very things that have made this era great have also served to prevent it from getting even better.
For example, in the last thirty years or so, the high-tech revolution along with the merging of baby boomers, Generation X and Y in the same workplace has been fraught with as many benefits as it has detriments. What was an already unbalanced and unharmonious workplace still operating under either the industrial or technological era of leadership now became a melting pot where part of the workforce was constantly in contact and plugged in and part of the workforce wondering what to plug in and where. The information dump was and continues to be massive and growing while communications became distant, cold and impersonal.
Yet some companies have stepped right out into the Silver age of getting it done and it shows outwardly in their innovation, employee satisfaction and profitability. In fact, some of the above mentioned companies not only are well grounded and operating in the Silver Age of Leadership, they already have one foot out exploring the Golden Age. The Golden Age is new and unfolding as everyone watches. It is best suited for dealing with massive transformation using non-complex tools and a new easy-to-implement and follow roadmap.
Many of today’s leaders and decision makers using tools that place them somewhere between the Bronze and Silver Ages are struggling just to keep up with changes in the economy and the workforce. Instead of looking forward to where they need to be going, they continue to look backward to learn from the past. The past simply no longer applies to the 21st Century.
Yes, there is a Golden Age of Leadership where decision makers and influence leaders can remove the trappings of the 17th Century to create a workplace flow of information, knowledge, vision and technology harmonized in a way that will engage and improve both employee productivity and satisfaction while increase profitability and shareholder value.
© Pat Heydlauff, all rights reserved 2011
Pat Heydlauff speaks from experience. She creates environments that engage and focus your workforce. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Engage, Unleash the Power of Focus and Feng Shui, So Easy a Child Can Do It and can be reached at www.Energy-by-Design.com or call: 561-408-2708.Share