International Leadership Week: The importance of being a good leader

International Leadership Week: The importance of being a good leader

We’re back with more discussions for International Leadership Week 2021. Today's discussion is with Ross Crook, Managing Director here at Sanderson. Ross discusses not only the role of a importance of a leader but what it takes to be a good one.

What is the importance of being a good leader?

“I think this is an ever-evolving conversation and hugely important skill to adapt – in my view we all have a role to play to enable and empower our teams to be the best at the jobs that they do but also to understand the roles that others play in the team.

“I believe in high performing teams and allowing everyone in the team to understand and know what others do in that team. Leadership is about empowering others to lead and creating self-organized teams that optimise their day-to-day operations.

“Leadership is no longer hierarchical – it needs participation, involvement and contribution from everyone – I guess we have flat structures to enable that high performance and visibility of strength to create followership.”

This year’s theme for International Leadership Week is ‘Leadership Re-invented’. Over the last two years, leadership has had to evolve in a variety of areas, which is partly due to the pandemic and the ways many businesses have had to adapt to new working styles, which ultimately has led to a re-invention of leadership.

Ross Crook discusses the affects Covid has had on the business and the importance of understanding your workforces needs as a leader when it comes to hybrid working in a post-pandemic world.

“We have had Covid, and we are living and breathing a culture where demand of presenteeism is a thing of the past, we now have hybrid working and yet we still see work being completed. There is a work life balance and yet we also see others wanting or demanding to work from an office environment. If we are flexible and we trust, then the vision (company or leadership vision) will be delivered and teams will buy into the philosophy because we understand the constraints on others – it’s not a one size fits all approach, it’s about understanding everyone’s drivers to work.

“Leaders will have to create and show the way forward amid transitions, disruptions, chaos and ambiguity – we see this all the time and yet we continue to lay the tracks when the train is moving.

“Leaders need to listen more, empathise more and be present – the latter meaning that we are present in the conversation not necessarily physically in the room. Employees need to be heard and listened to and as such, my proverbial door is always open!”