Leadership has quite a history here in Michigan and Metro Detroit. From the earliest days of farms and crops, to the Industrial Revolution, to the rich history of Detroit as the Arsenal of Democracy and the core of global motoring, our leadership has understood the challenges and the opportunities.
The essentials of leadership here in the region are many. We live in a fast paced and complicated economy where the quickest technology wins. Our leaders in Michigan need an array of skills to guide teams to both goals and objectives.
Dale Carnegie Training assesses eight very important ingredients that make for success:
- Environmental awareness: The culture and the climate must be managed with vision and understanding. Human capital grows in nurturing and engaged surroundings.
- Communication: Relationships and partnering grow with open and effective interpersonal communication.
- Listening: Assessing every moment only increases in quality with active listening and information gathering.
- Empathy: The strongest managers understand needs and wants and improve opportunity for others.
- Decision making: This heart of the action skill puts everything in perspective. Challenges, support and negotiation all go together when hunting for accurate results.
- Learning: Leaders must get better every day. Education, both formal and informal, makes for both experience and commitment.
- Flexibility: The challenges of change and its true complications make rigidity and bureaucracy things of the past. Change must come from a series of adjustments and team play.
- Awareness: Sitting in an isolated office has made many a leader an unemployed manager. Engaging all the employees for suggestions and ideas is now a classic leadership skill.
With vision and understanding now the center pieces for growth in organizations, our leadership here in Detroit and in Southeast Michigan, will always create the history that would make Dale Carnegie and Henry Ford proud. It is all about the people and the talent they bring to the table.
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