Mid-year Leadership Review

leader1Halfway through the year is a good time to look back on your accomplishments and challenges as a leader and determine what adjustments you can make to end the year on a wave of success. As an organization dedicated to the advancement of young professionals, the Jaycees strive to develop leadership characteristics among its members throughout the year, and re-defining your goals and action plans as a leader is an excellent way to make sure your ideas become projects, and your projects finish as wins for yourself, your local chapter, and your community.

Will Yakowicz, a writer for Inc. magazine recently discussed three of the top leadership trends of 2014, and how they are positively impacting the way leaders conduct business. Take a look at his analysis to determine ways you can integrate these successful concepts into your management style.

  1. Unlock hidden strengths. Today’s best leaders are spending time understanding their employees, and finding unique ways to bring out their hidden strengths. Through building relationships and discovering their full capabilities, employees develop a sense of ownership over their work, along with a greater sense of well-being. The psychological impact can have a significant effect on work output and performance.
  2. Give second chances. More and more companies are reversing the practice of not hiring individuals who have been out of work or on welfare for an extended period of time. Management is benefiting from higher employee retention rates, State and local governments are benefiting from reduced pressure on assistance payouts, and new employees are benefiting from a greater sense of self-worth and accomplishment. It’s the definition of a win-win-win.
  3. Implement democracy. Leaders are increasingly tuned to the fact that autocratic management styles where employees lack a voice and participation is a thing of the past. People want to work for organizations where their opinions are both heard and valued. Not only does it empower individuals to make better decisions, but employees end up contributing more because of a greater sense of equality and organizational justice.

Make the second half of 2014 your best six months ever. Learn more about ways to improve your management style, and be the leader ahead of the curve in adopting new techniques to improve your company’s overall productivity. Not only will you help your employees become more satisfied with their work, you’ll feel more empowered to reach for even greater goals in 2015.

Share your leadership techniques and strategies with your fellow Jaycees. Start the Facebook and Twitter discussions and we can all learn from each other. We look forward to hearing from you!


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