A while back we sat down with some of our upper management to seek their advice on what it takes to be a leader. In this 4 part series they will share their insights and advice for emerging leaders no matter what industry they may be in.
Question #1: What is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?
Pat Reilly: Outside influences such as competition, new programs, and innovation
Mark Stephanos: The differences in customers and the workforce
Buddy Duke: Technology and finding good, dedicated employees
Peggy Russell: Hiring, developing and retaining the best talent
Allen Matheney: Finding staff that will give you 100% everyday
Mike Laurer: Finding the right balance to motivate the different generations in the workforce
Cathy Hamby: Motivating employees toward their goals and the company goals
Kevin Black: Multitasking
Tim Seaton: Fragmented communication
In conclusion, all leaders face challenges. Most have to do with the people they lead. Effective leaders can develop and retain engaged employees, but this will be a continual challenge as generations in the workforce change. What motivates the 45 year old does not motivate the 25 year old. Learning to adapt and motivate differently is a key trait in being a good leader.