Marcus Aurelius was a truly enlightened leader. How do your leadership skills measure up? Can you generate enthusiasm and commitment in your employees? If your answer is “yes”, then how sure are you? In an article posted by the Ashdown Group, a recruitment company in the UK, find out how unaware some managers are of how their employees really feel.
How Do Your Leadership Skills Measure Up?
A shortage of leadership and management skills within UK organisations may be hampering efforts to get the most out of employees, it has been claimed.
According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), poor managers need to “look in the mirror” if they want to get the best out of their people.
Research conducted by the HR body found that 72 per cent of employers report a lack of leadership and management skills.
But a major challenge for managers in improving their skills is the fact many managers have an inflated opinion of their own ability.
Some eight in ten managers think their staff are ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with them as a manager, whereas just 58 per cent of employees report this is the case.
Ben Willmott, head of public policy at the CIPD, said leadership and management capability continues to be an Achilles heel for UK plc, despite mounting evidence that these are ‘skills for growth’ essentials.
“Our research shows almost three in ten people (28 per cent), equating to about eight million people across the UK workforce, have direct management responsibility for one or more people in the workplace, and yet only just over half of employees are satisfied with their manager,” he stated.
Now, let’s repose the question: How do your leadership skills measure up? Keep in mind that enlightened leadership brings out the best in your employees and that means you need to stay in touch with them.