Leadership skills rank consistently in the top three qualities employers are looking for in both new employees and partnerships. While there is some debate about whether leadership skills can be taught or whether they are innate, one thing is clear – it is a vital component to business strategy and success in an ever-changing marketplace. So how can you identify that employee or business partner with the right leadership talent? Here are some characteristics to look for.
Embracing the new. While there is a difference in chasing after the latest fads or sinking money into risky endeavors, true leaders understand that the only thing constant is change. This means making critical decisions on embracing new ideas, technologies and strategies to keep the company competitive. A true leader doesn’t bemoan the lightening speed of change or complain that IoT is too difficult to embrace. Instead, a leader looks for ways to incorporate the best of what is out there and stays on top of trends to determine what works best for the company.
Problem solving strengths. A good leader looks at a problem and thinks outside the box or takes an existing situation and asks, “How can we make this more efficient?” Never satisfied with the status quo, a quality leader looks at problems as growth challenges and looks to partner and consult with the best in the field to solve issues.
Watching this leadership in action is critical to the manufacturer in particular. For example, a good leader will reject the notion that legacy technology – the status quo – is good enough, when innovation like static mixers and desuperheaters can dramatically reduce the cost of manufacturing and improve efficiency as well. A strong leader, like so many who have come to Komax to partner with a particular manufacturing problem before, reaches out across the table to make allies who can help problem solve.
Transformation is a continuous journey, and no company ever permanently “arrives.” Seeking out leadership and partnership with proven game changers like Komax can help you stay on top of your industry and lead the way into future gains.