There’s a difference between an organization and a team. An organization is formal. It’s a mechanical entity. It’s a collective of talent and resources that have been assembled to accomplish a specific set of objectives. A team on the other hand is personal. It’s a community. It’s a group of people brought together by common ideals and interests. Being in charge of a company requires striking a balance between these two perspectives. A good leader will manage employees in a way that simultaneously fosters formal organizational culture, and sustains more casual teamwork. Whether in charge of an entire company, or a small group of people, if a leader expects followers to survive and function well, their leadership should act as a bridge between the company and its employees. Here are five important pillars of leadership that make it possible to accomplish this outcome:

1. Exemplify Company Values:

Leadership means setting the professional tone and agenda for a team. It means defining the standards by which performance should be measured. Purely because everyone counts on leadership to be an example, a strong leader should always walk the walk when it comes to demonstrating a company’s values. Nothing dissolves a leader’s legitimacy more than hypocrisy.

2. Be Involved:

The only way that employees can understand the importance of a company’s mission is if this mission is articulated clearly. In turn, a company’s mission can only be articulated by management that is interactive with its employees. Good leaders routinely take the time to communicate and engage with employees. The more interactive a leader is, the more focus is maintained on a company’s values overall.

3. Be Transparent:

Beyond merely interacting with employees, management has a responsibility to be honest and authentic about how they lead a company. If employees detect dishonesty in their leadership, it undermines both the integrity with which they cooperate internally, and the integrity with which they serve clients. One bad apple can spoil the bunch. But when that bad apple happens to be a leader, it doesn’t just spoil the bunch it poisons it.

4. Be Organized:

Coordination is one of the most essential ingredients of strong leadership. This is because there are no limits to the elements that a leader is responsible for synchronizing within a team, or company. Leaders are meant to guide growth conceptually, while also orchestrating the specific activities that are meant to execute said growth. This very execution can only happen through discipline and structure. Not only should you be able to inspire others as a leader, you should also be able to train and direct them efficiently.

5. Be Open-Minded:

The more people a leader interacts with, the more likely it is to encounter alternative perspectives and varying temperaments. This makes diplomacy one of the most necessary traits of strong leadership. In order to be effective, a leader must be capable of listening to different points of view, and reconciling any conflicts that threaten the overall functions of a team.

Leadership is more than just a ceremonial role of supervision. It is an ambassadorship. It is an obligation to reflect what a company truly stands for. If you are privileged enough to call yourself a leader, makes sure you understand your company’s values clearly, and continually make an effort to integrate these values with your employees’ individual interests. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.