There is great power behind positive leadership and the effect it has on a company and its culture. With the fast pace of business today, it's not enough to be a good or a great leader. It's about being a "hero" leader who recognizes each worker's strengths and weaknesses and strives for continual improvement. Following are three steps that can elevate executive leadership style and help top executives act as catalysts for change.
Make a lasting impact
Making an impact is more than having your name on a plaque or your portrait in the lobby. It's leading in a way that makes employees want to be the best they can be, not because of financial incentives, but because they want to work hard for you and with you to achieve the set goals. The best type of leader is one who can create and build products that inspire or disrupt norms in order to accelerate growth. These leaders have the ability to implement ideas and drive change and are willing to do any job required to succeed. In the end, these leaders will make a lasting impact both inside and outside the company that directly correlates with highly engaged employees who are 87 percent less likely to leave their job. That's how a leader leaves a legacy.
Share the glory
Unless you are a one-person operation, there is no way you will get things done on your own. Every leader needs to have a support system, or a community, that influences his or her growth and success. Sharing the glory with every member of the team is critical in the overall organizational success. It's what hero leaders do. It's how The Hero Club got started.
Great leaders let everyone involved know they are the reasons that goals are being met, or exceeded, and it's all due to the time invested. Forbes reported that there is a strong correlation between positive reinforcement and job satisfaction. So next time you notice someone going above and beyond, working hard, and driving real change, acknowledge them and thank them, too. Companies succeed when they support and appreciate everyone's contributions equally.
Lead to serve others
Another crucial pillar of leadership is serving as a mentor and learning how to develop the future leaders within the company who will be the next generation of entrepreneurs and executives. This process should start the moment an employee is hired. Making a strong and sincere first impression can result in 69 percent of employees staying with a company for at least three years as a direct result of a positive onboarding experience. Being passionate and willing to go the extra mile for others will set a precedent that everyone can emulate and help mold the next generation of leaders.
Hero leaders excel when they have a servant's mentality toward their employees, clients, causes, organizations and the communities they serve. The values and leadership mentality you exude will be noticed, appreciated and mimicked. The actionable steps mentioned, along with being able to lead the team with a clear set of goals and values that they can understand and support, is what can drive monumental, long-term and long-lasting change. Leaders who are aware of their actions, surroundings and the needs of others are the leaders we should all strive to be.
It's not about being perfect. It's about being wise and humble enough to enact change by implementing the necessary steps to elevate your leadership style. Not only does it make better leaders, it makes employees who want to stay and grow with the company and become change makers themselves.
Tricia Benn is an executive at the C-Suite Network and general manager of The Hero Club, a group of CEOs, founders and investors who commit to a life balance of hard work while giving back to the communities in which they serve.