Leadership Challenges Across the Globe

The Center for Creative Leadership recently completed a survey on leadership issues. Their sampling was across seven countries: (1) China. (2) Egypt. (3) India. (4) Singapore. (5) Spain. (6) UK. And (7) US. These data show that six categories comprise more than half of all challenges studied. Here are the top six in order of frequency.

Developing Managerial Effectiveness: Leaders face many challenges. But mastering these skills will help to dramatically develop personal effectiveness. (1) Time management (2) Strategic thinking (3) Decision-making (4) Prioritization (5) Staying current with job requirements.

Inspiring Others: People link inspiration and motivation. Here is the real truth. No manager or leader can continuously motivate anyone to do anything. We motivate ourselves. What managers need to do is create an environment where self-motivation flourishes. We can inspire people to self-motivate.

Developing Employees: This is the job of every manager. By engaging in short-term coaching activities and long-term mentoring, employee growth occurs. Clearly define job responsibilities and train to develop proficiency skills. Coach day to day and mentor over the year.

Leading a Team: Leaders need the support of a team. Leaders that live on islands aren’t effective. Master the ability to develop, manage, build pride and support a team to outstanding achievements. That’s what great leaders do!

Guiding Change: Leaders should understand how to manage the change process. Their ability to mobilize support and educate people to understand the “why” of change are key steps in successful change management.

Managing Internal Stakeholders and Politics: Political savvy can be broken down into four steps: (1) Mingle strategically and build networks and relationships with people. Build relationships with the individual comprising the networks. Have an outcome in mind and work to achieve it with the group (2) Keep your boss informed. Strive to enhance characteristics and talents your boss might consider most important. (3) Practice keen observation of others and the environment in which you work. You want to understand what is really occurring. (4) Leave people with a good impression. Practice integrity and be authentic. Seek feedback on your performance. Don’t gossip. Keep confidences and deliver on what you promise.

As I often ask my readers, how do you compare to these data? Are you addressing these issues in your workplace? Or, do you fall behind a bit? Leading is not easy and it often is not for the faint of heart. Be honest with yourself (It’s still the best policy) and ID what isn’t working. Commit to a strategy to improve your efforts and, at the same time, the results you get.

 Take each of the six items individually. Think through the intent of the message. Strain your brain a bit to come up with a sound game plan. Break down each strategy into manageable steps. Then, develop a time for doing each task. I promise if you do this, you will become a championship level leader. Happy Changing!!