In recent years, with younger individuals entering the workforce, greater diversity and more awareness on social systems, traditional forms of corporate management and assessment have begun to lose value.
Employees hold their managers more accountable, having access to platforms like social media, print media and individuals highlighting poor managerial styles, as well as greater research and information.
Processes are significantly more transparent than they previously were, with stronger systems in place existing to protect the rights of employees. This has also led to a change in the general attitude managers and executives hold toward the people under them.
The shift from an assembly line model or work generation to a less rigid, more open and free-flowing exchange of information and ideas, as well as horizontal hierarchies, have allowed companies to progress in new ways. It’s also impacted worker satisfaction and comfort.
All of this makes for a healthier work environment; however, it’s still difficult to get leaders on board with the needs of their teams. Steve Gilliland, a Hall of Famekeynote speaker, has traveled across the world and all over the U.S. speaking to leaders in various industries about the same issue.
He highlights time and again that leaders need to practice empathy, extending their support to employees beyond a superficial surface. They need to work with their teams, not over them, helping people achieve their goals and maximize their potential.
He reiterates the values of humor, flexibility and gratitude, especially in reference to dealing with other people. It’s an essential quality in a good manager to make their employees feel welcome and at ease, working to their strengths and weaknesses instead of grouping everyone in the same lot.
He says, “Employees often fear their managers. They’re unable to find mentors in the people who should be able to guide them through difficult decisions and moments in their professional growth. These young team members need help, and they need you to step up and be better role models for them; not people they’re afraid of all the time. You can be a professional without being unapproachable. Just open up and hear them out.”
It’s rare to find the kind of perspective offered by Steve Gilliland, making him invaluable to organizations wanting to move in the right direction. As the face of corporate America changes, to be more accommodating, more welcoming and more diverse, companies falling behind will have a hard time sustaining themselves.
About Steve Gilliland
Steve Gilliland is a professional motivational speaker. He is a Speaker Hall of Fame inductee with incredibly diverse organizations in his massive speaker portfolio. He’s one of the country’s most prolific speakers.
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