[Strathmore University Business School] Leading Effectively: The Role of the African CEO
Today’s business landscape is very dynamic and interconnected thus needs an effective leader uniquely attuned to the economic currents and market shifts that could either advance or undermine their organisation’s long-term sustainability.
Leadership forms the backbone of any organisation thus plays a crucial role in any organisation, regardless of, size and structure. The leadership role at the organisational level is taken up by the Chief Executive Officer. The CEO is responsible for the overall success of a business entity or other organisation and for making top-level managerial decisions. Though they may ask for input on major decisions, they are the ultimate authority in making final decisions.
To effectively manage and lead your employees there are some characteristics that you must possess. Here are some characteristics of a good leader:
Ethics. A good leader Ethical leadership can promote employee engagement, increase productivity and enhance brand reputation. Organizations that engage in ethical behavior can attract customer loyalty by staying true to their mission statements and organizational values.
Integrity. A leader with integrity draws on their values to guide their decisions, behavior, and dealings with others. A leader with integrity has clear convictions about what is right and wrong and are respected for being genuine, principled, ethical, and consistent.
Effective Communication. Communication involves more than just listening attentively to others and responding appropriately. A good leader must have the ability to communicate concisely, and tactfully to his/her employees.
Leading by Example. As a leader, the best way to lead is by showing others the way; build credibility among your employees is to set the right example. You need to shoe through actions the behaviour that you want people to follow. By aligning your words and actions you will be able to build trust and make your team more willing to follow your example.
Recognise and Commend Success. Appreciating your employees goes a long way in boosting their morale. As a leader, ensure you constantly find ways to recognise your employees’ achievements. For people to stretch themselves and contribute their best efforts, they need to know their work will be valued and appreciated.
Empower Others. Great leaders understand that for people to give their best, they must have a sense of ownership over their work and believe that what they’re doing is meaningful. Communicate clear goals and deadlines to your team, and then give them the autonomy and authority to decide how the work gets done. Challenge them with high expectations and encourage them to be creative and show innovation.
With the dynamics of the business landscape constantly changing, CEOs need to ensure they are at the top of their game, by constantly polishing their leadership skills as they learn new things. Our Global CEO Africa Programme provides an ideal platform where business leaders can interact and work together to co-create the African leadership solution as they individually transform their organizations.
About Our Global CEO Africa Programme
As an industry leader, you map out your company’s course, chart its strategy and foster a culture guided by clear objectives and a shared mission.
The Global CEO Africa Programme has been designed and developed to enhance your strategic vision as a business leader and CEO along with equipping you with new tools to better navigate disruptive trends that could impact your business.
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Article by Juliet Hinga