In this diverse world, we are constantly trying to connect dots through bridges. Staying closer to the loved ones who are on the other side of the world through social media, learning foreign languages to understand other cultures better, or enjoying our favorite meal in a restaurant prepared by a native Italian. We are constantly trying to be closer to others, build those dotted lines between continents and open as many new horizons as possible.
This is also true for businesses and organizations, and our next theme, across borders, will try and decrease all of the bumps on your road to success. This topic is extremely important because oftentimes, we try and find one-fits-all solutions for our problems, but it just doesn’t work. That’s why this time, instead of four, we will have five guests, who will share their expertise on the topic, and show us how to lead across the boundaries of different dimensions.
On average, 79% of company performance is lost because of clashing values and personalities combined with poor leadership. This happens simply because people are not able to read each other, to understand and communicate with each other in a clear way, and to lead others in a sustainable way. You need to learn how to read your people and create a culture where everyone is welcomed, including yourself. Now, it might seem easy, but in fact, out of 71% of organizations that were interviewed by Deloitte in 2016 and aspired to have an inclusive culture, only 12% have achieved this objective. Why is that an issue? This is something we’ll be discussing in this theme.
Another important thing that helps people get on the same page are soft skills. According to the Global News Wire survey, 59% of businesses say that finding qualified applicants for open positions is one of the greatest difficulties, and 33% said that one of the main reasons for this challenge is applicants lack of soft skills. However, it’s quite important to keep in mind that even if you can’t find the ideal candidate with perfect soft skills that you need, it’s possible to develop soft skills. You, as a leader, must train and help your people obtain those soft skills.
Emotional intelligence is in the top five soft skills that employers are looking for in their employees since 2020. It’s about the ability of people to read each other, take off their colored glasses, see the other side with it’s differences and be ready to embrace them, instead of seeing them as something that prevents us from working properly together. One of the biggest challenges that leaders might face nowadays, is trying to bridge different generations, because people of one generation might have negative thoughts about their colleagues who were born at a different time.
That can become a problem, because companies might have up to 5 generations in a workplace at the same time these days. It’s all manageable, if you put the right people on the right tasks, at the right time, and we will talk about how to do so in the coming weeks. All good leadership starts with you.
So start with yourself, make sure you’re including yourself, even if you don’t yet have an official team under you. Start with what you have, and see how it works with the tools that we’re discussing here, with the questions that we’re bringing up in the blog, and with the guests we are inviting. If you are interested in learning more about who will be our guests sharing on the topic of working across borders and what we will talk about, listen to the whole solo episode of the Genius Leadership podcast here.
Stay tuned and be genius!