When managers are seeking leadership positions, or entrepreneurs are growing their organization, there is a tipping-point where they must transition toward a more diplomatic and tactful orientation.
If tasks and daily accomplishments have been your primary drivers, you are limiting your impact unless you evolve into a different mindset that redefines your oversight of the organization.
The transition to a diplomatic leadership is most effective when there are embedded cultural expectations and defined accountabilities, enabling you to confidently retreat from constant oversight.
Do your employees have documentation of what is required from a compliance, skills, and performance perspective? Is there respect for company policies such as absence, holidays, sickness, or appraisals, and an understanding of their relevance and importance?
Routinely reexamine the processes and procedures for each department, and reignite a cultural focus on standards of performance. Provide training to refresh employee soft skills, such as conflict resolution, listening, communication, teamwork, influence, and problem solving.
With these fundamentals in place, your attention can focus on the development of a management team. A diplomatic leader embraces teamwork, promotes a healthy work environment, and place managers in positions that leverage their strengths.
They use opportunities to entice their management team out of their comfort zone and balance the use of their authority to avoid undermining confidence.
Yet, diplomatic leaders must maintain boundaries and be prepared for interactions that demand tactful yet unfiltered communication.
A diplomatic leader has the natural skills to:
A diplomatic leader must also be comfortable when:
Regardless of your leadership journey, it starts by understanding your natural leadership orientations.
Visiam offers free assessments to evaluate leadership orientations and their impact on organizational performance.
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