Leading is a skill that is not given to everybody and though there are people with big charisma and maybe natural gifts, it has to be stated that some initial leading techniques can be learned and shared. Becoming a leader means to learn how to lead.
Dogmatic shift: From a superior to a servant
The classical roles of leaders are more and more challenged with a mass of generation Y employees joining the businesses. They are questioning authority and accrediation of power. They are well educated and willing to perform. Still, they are conscious of their worth and that they have a choice.
As a leader or manager, you have to ask yourself how to direct such employees. By hierarchy, you might be higher and have in principle the power to give orders but do not fool yourself. You are dependent. Employees want to be treated with respect, taken care off, given vision and be flourished by training. It is of the upmost importance to nourish by these actions and behaviours your employees. They will repay you with loyality, honesty and the will to work hard.
It might be that they even want to climb up the ladder but I know enough employees who are happy with their position as long as they can grow by skills or character. Especially in companies where the drive upwards is entitled with an inhuman work load, you can observe very high turnover rates in the low and mid management level.
Empathy and Order
I have written once about leadership- what it means to lead and what your daily work is about. To bring it into a nutshell: You must be empathic and give order and structure in an unsure environment. This means that you have structured your environment at least by rules or methods that allow you to process the daily business. It is likely for new businesses to have “uncovered” ground that you first have to conquer. And the best way to do this is leading by example.
Loyality and Will
If you succeed in your daily challenges with your team and you show enough will and caring for the problems, loyality will rise. Your employees will start to trust you and respect you for respecting them. A team spirit will emerge and after this team dynamic will follow. The feeling of belonging to each other is part of trust that comes from caring and standing against even bad odds.
Integrity as a part of structure
Integrity is your upmost important characteristic that you need to bring into this game. Your employees have to trust you and you have to be sure that you can trust them. In a certain way, you have to be predictable to your employees. Then, they can adapt better to your rules and character and you can interact with them easier. If they do not understand you, they cannot interact with you. This is a part of structuring again: You follow rules as much as they do but you have to communicate openly what you stand for. This gives the necessary level of understanding your behaviour and an outlook into your inner integrity profile.
How to lead can be different
Depending on the business spirit and your own superiors, you are having the power to show others the way. However, you will be most likely directed, commanded or ordered by superiors. It is important to understand their leading style and decide for you whether you can follow. Every leader is different in his style and while there are several archtypes on how to lead, you have to make sure: The direction you get might nt fit with your leading style. Usually, this will lead to problems and you have to defend your way of structuring not just to bottom but also to top.