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In successful organizations, leadership is a crucial factor in the success of any organization, as influential leaders set the direction, establish goals, motivate employees, and create a positive culture that drives the achievement of those goals. In addition, according to a Harvard Business Review (HBR) article by Goffee and Jones (2018), good leaders create a sense of purpose, belonging, and identity among employees, which fosters loyalty, commitment, and engagement.
Leadership is critical in creating a vision and direction for the organization. As Kouzes and Posner (2017) noted, influential leaders provide a clear and compelling vision that inspires employees to work towards a common goal. Leaders must communicate their vision, motivate their team, and ensure everyone understands their role in achieving the vision. In addition, leaders must adapt to changing circumstances and make decisions that align with the organization’s mission and values.
For a productive workplace culture, leadership is essential for creating a positive environment. According to a study by Goleman et al. (2017), leaders who demonstrate emotional intelligence and empathy are likelier to create a positive work environment that fosters collaboration, creativity, and innovation. In addition, such leaders understand their employees’ needs, provide support and encouragement, and develop a culture of trust and respect.
Effective leadership is crucial for employee motivation and engagement. Beer et al. (2016), the authors argue that leaders must create a sense of purpose and meaning for their employees to motivate them to perform at their best. Leadership involves aligning individual goals with the organization’s vision and values, recognizing and rewarding employee contributions, and providing opportunities for growth and development.
Leaders play a critical role in developing and retaining top talent. Hansen and Tovstiga (2018), the authors highlight the importance of leaders in identifying, developing, and retaining high-potential employees. In addition, leaders need to provide mentoring and coaching, create opportunities for learning and development, and provide challenging assignments that stretch employees’ skills and abilities.
A crucial factor in the success of any organization is leadership. Influential leaders provide direction, create a positive culture, motivate employees, and develop and retain top talent. Doing so drives the organization towards its goals and ensures its long-term success. Goffee and Jones (2018) noted that “leadership is about mobilizing people towards a common goal. It is about creating a sense of purpose, belonging, and identity among employees, which fosters loyalty, commitment, and engagement.” Effective leadership is, therefore, essential for achieving success in today’s complex and dynamic business
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Goffee, R., & Jones, G. (2018). Creating the best workplace on earth. Harvard Business Review, 96(3), 85-94.
Hansen, M. T., & Tovstiga, G. (2018). How leaders create and use networks. Harvard Business Review, 96(1), 52-61.
Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2017). The leadership challenge: How to make extraordinary things happen in organizations. John Wiley & Sons.