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Company culture is an essential component to the success of a business. An organization that focuses on it generally has the well being and happiness of their employees in mind. One of the many ways to improve company culture is by focusing on positive leadership. Employees that are in a supervisory or management position should practice positive leadership and help develop the strengths of their employees rather than identify their weaknesses. A company’s leaders not only impact their employees but also impact their successes. Here are a few business benefits to focusing on positive leadership:
A company’s turnover rate is one of the first qualities that potential applicants look at, and if it’s high, can prevent candidates from wanting to apply. High turnover in a business can also become a costly issue. Generally, organizations pay for new hires to go through some type of training process. For many company’s this could mean paying for flights, hotels, and the expenses of each new hire. If the company has to go through this process frequently due to high turnover, their costs could add up. Focusing on positive leadership can help make employees feel comfortable in their workplace and with their superiors while working together, ultimately creating a positive work environment and potentially minimizing turnover.
Employees that are comfortable working with their managers often feel more productive throughout the day. Leaders tend to focus on the different ways to develop the strengths of others around them. Rather than focusing on weaknesses or mistakes, a good leader will find ways to encourage their employees and help them further develop the areas where they thrive. According to Jennifer Robison, “Managers who take a strengths-based approach help employees identify strengths and align their talents with their work. These managers don’t ignore employee weaknesses, but fixing them isn’t their primary focus. Instead, positive managers focus more on what the employee is good at and how his or her strengths can be leveraged to the benefit of the employee, team, and organization.”
An essential part of creating a strong company culture is fostering engagement and communication between all employees. Leaders that have a team under them can do this by focusing on team building and encouraging team engagement. This can not only build strong relationships but improve overall morale.
Adding authenticity to leadership is vital for inspiring people to follow. Authentic leaders are known to show five distinct qualities: practicing solid values, establishing connected relationships, understanding their purpose, leading with heart, and showing self-discipline. A study showed that employees’ view of authentic leadership had the distinction of being the most emphatic single predictor of work happiness, organizational commitment, and job satisfaction. The benefits range beyond that of those being led. A stronger feeling of personal well-being is correlated with authentic behavior.
Own Your Story
Introspective reflection is vital for adopting an authenticity strategy. Leaders should explore their own life stories to help them define their purposes. Crafting a unique narrative is part of this. Leaders need to own their own stories. Every leader’s narrative should distinctly reveal how they were able to defeat challenges and overcome barriers using their unique strengths, values, and skills to create a strong future for themselves.
Ask for Feedback
Another critical part of authentic leadership is feedback. One of the most difficult things for leaders to manage is understanding how others see them. This is often distinctly different than how they desire to be seen. It may be a challenge, and one that is sometimes demoralizing, but leaders need to ask their colleagues, friends, and subordinates to give honest feedback about the leadership style and skills they display. Informal meetings accomplish this.
Ignoring boundaries and sharing excessively are two examples of things leaders should not do when pursuing a model of authenticity. Leaders should focus more on being open about themselves as human beings, granting context and familiarity to their employees, and less on transparency about specific issues. Boundaries are an important part of the social construct and not to be neglected by authentic leaders.
Authentic leadership is inspiring and compelling, but it lacks the ability to solve every situation. Issues may arise when leaders’ values lack alignment with the organizations they are part of. Another potential problem is stagnating decision making due to the constant pursuit of external feedback. Neither is authenticity an excuse for being single-minded or disrespectful. Authentic leaders and courageous leaders are two names for one state of leadership. As a management style, authenticity is effective and engaging.
Being a leader is about more than just being smart or having great ideas. Truly effective leaders are those who can clearly present their ideas and inspire others. Most great leaders have a few speaking patterns in common. Here are a few tips and tricks for speaking like a good leader.
Do Speak From the Heart
When people are nervous about public speaking, they are tempted to memorize scripts. However, this usually leads to a speech that sounds robotic and bland. Good leaders instead try to speak from the heart. When they are truly passionate about what they are discussing, their enthusiasm will infect the audience and get everyone else excited too.
Don’t Be Vague and Noncommittal
Good leaders are not afraid to talk about what they hope to accomplish. Being vague can ensure that a speech offends no one, but it also means that no one is really interested. It can be better to have discussions that lead to debate instead of conversations that no one remembers. Skip words like “kind of” or “sort of” that make you sound uncertain, and instead speak clearly and definitively.
Do Use Simple and Clear Language
Good leaders need to talk in a way that everyone can understand. This means skipping technical jargon or long, complicated words unless the entire audience is comfortable using them. Leaders should also avoid regularly tossing superlatives like “incredible” and “awesome” in their speech because it makes them sound insincere or overly excitable.
Don’t Data Dump
Having facts to back up an argument is important, but good leader do not just stand there and list facts and figures. This is a bad idea because the audience tends to get bored and distracted. Instead, just describe the general meaning of the figures, and let the audience know you have the data if they want to check it out later.
Don’t Hide Criticism Inside Compliments
A lot of being a leader is being willing to talk about things that need improving. Insecure leaders often try to start with a compliment and then tack the criticism of the end. This is a bad idea because it harms morale and makes the compliment seem insincere. Try to find ways to phrase negative opinions politely yet confidently.
The way you communicate to those around you can make a monumental impact on the ability to lead effectively. The above tips will help you navigate proper communication to be the best leader possible.
About Jason William Kumpf
Jason William Kumpf has worked in international business for over a decade. With involvement in global real estate sectors, the expat sector, ecommerce, and finance, it is safe to say that Jason William Kumpf is a well-rounded businessman. By having a hand in multiple sectors of various international and national markets, Jason has built an incredible network of global professionals that include recognizable Fortune 500 companies as well as young, burgeoning startups.
Jason William Kumpf is Co-Chairman for an international California Trade and Business Networked called Cal Trade. To expand his reach, he also serves on the Young Members Board for FIABCI International Real Estate Foundation, a French entity with active chapters in 48 different countries. In addition to these positions, Kumpf is the Director of Alliance Partnerships at USForex Inc which works toward creating better exchange rates for several international ecommerce markets. Similarly, Jason William Kumpf is the Director of Partnerships at OFX, also in the international currency exchange rate industry, working towards the acquiring the best exchange rates available for his international clients.
In addition to Jason’s work internationally in the foreign exchange markets, he has also taken a great interest in tech startups. He has a passion for taking an outside look at complex issues and creating tangible solutions to better the overall structure of a new company. Because of his extensive training in a wide range of industries, and because of his energetic and positive spirit, Jason William Kumpf is able to not only craft great business strategy but motivate his teams as well.
Having spent nearly 20 years studying abroad and working internationally, Jason William Kumpf has seen many sides of business, negotiating, and leadership. For this reason, he feels it is incredibly important that he pass on the information he’s gained over the years to those looking to grow within the international exchange rate markets. Having a strong leadership style is valuable, but having the ability to adapt that leadership style to meet the needs of any market you’re working in is a priceless skill that will take anyone with the right drive far in life. Jason William Kumpf hopes to inspire some of this leadership in a new generation of young and talented industry members.
As Jason William Kumpf enters the next stage of his career, he looks towards opening new doors for leadership training and business strategy opportunities. If you’re a young tech startup or just looking for some leadership style advice, Jason William Kumpf’s new blog will act as a great resource. Without sharing what works, progress cannot be made, and Jason William Kumpf is dedicated to not only continuing a successful career for himself, but to see this reality happen for others.
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