Organizational leadership is becoming more and more necessary with the acceleration of business dealings courtesy of the global economy. Innovation and change, setbacks and challenges, even the company culture is influenced by leadership. Adaptability and the importance of valuing employee feedback are now vital veins to the beating heart of organizations. A company simply cannot continue to exist without key and effective leadership in place.
It proves so paramount to organizational success that there have even been academic studies on the topic.
What academics have discovered is that the old business management model does not prove sustainable in the current environment.
As Moo Jun Hao & Dr. Rashad Yazdanifard explained, while leadership and management are distinctly different, an organization will find that “there is no one system that completely suits their needs.” Organizations have to find a way to focus on the skills that suit them. Where management is about controlling, budgeting and planning, leadership focuses on guiding, leading, communicating with and motivating employees.
“Under leadership, the boss guides and works together with their employees to produce their desired outcome; while old style management orders employees to follow directives while the upper management is focused on planning and both are separate and do not work together,” they wrote in their research paper titled, “How Effective Leadership can Facilitate Change in Organizations through Improvement and Innovation”.
Rapidly changing business environments require agility that only true leadership can provide.
“Leadership is in charge of providing a clear vision and a systematic way to effectively achieve that vision, for if there is no leadership there is no change in organization management,” they wrote.
The resulting collaboration-emphasizing approach suits nearly every industry.
As On the Plant Floor, which has 70 years of experience consulting for manufacturing plants has on its blog: “You cannot manage men into battle. You manage things; you lead people.”
That quote from retired U.S. Navy Admiral Grace Hopper has far-reaching applications. Afterall, many entrepreneurs and top businessmen would describe the business world as wrought with battles as they lead the charge for the future of their organizations.
“A true leader adds value to people by training them, challenging them to achieve, and honestly evaluating their roles in the company,” according to the blog.
People who own and manage small businesses including clinics and dental practices use that wisdom as well.
“Leaders are fallible, just like every other human being out there, but there is value in the constant pursuit of leadership; the goal of helping employees achieve their greatest potential has real value,” said Dr. Vivek Cheba.
“As both an orthodontist and as a business owner, I have to adopt a continual mindset of learning and growth. With that in mind I have also needed to alter my leadership style over the years. My employees want to be much more involved than before – it really is all about collaboration,” Vivek Cheba added.
No matter the industry or individual expertise, leadership must be cultivated within organizations in order to be adept in an evolving world.