Few people are born to be leaders. Most of us need insight, mentorship and practice on being a good leader! This is why the World Emblem “Stepping Up To Management” leadership development program is so important.
Recently, World Emblem identified four individuals with the potential to one day become leaders and took them through a 4-day mentorship program. The “Stepping Up To Management” program gives these future leaders the opportunity to learn and grow, while making World Emblem a lot stronger when developing individuals professionally.
This is the first year of the program and we are excited to say that it was amazing! Congratulations to the selected participants and thanks to the World Emblem team members that presented!
From left to right: Maria Tourn (Recruiter), Rene Morrison (Shift Supervisor), Katherine Milan (Accountant), Brandi Vail (Team Leader), and Gabriel Rodriguez (Training and Development Manager).
Leadership skills can play a large role in career development. Often, technical skills can only take you so far. To encourage these selected candidates to move forward in their careers, World Emblem is helping develop soft skills such as the ability to be a good leader.
The “Stepping Up To Management” program gave individuals the ability to speak with executives and managers about ways to enhance their leadership skills.
Here are a few ways to help you improve your leadership skills:
Most bosses will assign their employees tasks that the employees have proven to be adept at. Therefore, don’t wait to take on more responsibilities. Go above and beyond at your current position. A good way to develop your skills is to take on extra projects outside of your job description. Remember, the more work you do, the more you are learning. Learning more and taking on more responsibility can help move you into a leadership role in your workplace.
To be hired for a high-profile job, you will need to be a critical thinker. Good leaders are able to foresee potential problems before they happen. They can then develop ways to prevent the problems from happening. Good leaders are also aware of potential opportunities and take advantage of them to benefit the company and employees.
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other,” said John F. Kennedy. When things are changing rapidly, it is important to constantly learn and challenge yourself.
Know How to Delegate
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it,” said Theodore Roosevelt. A successful leader won’t micro-manage. Delegate work to your employees and let them feel empowered. If you do this, they will feel more involved and have more opportunity to develop new skills. Delegating will allow you to better concentrate on the goals you need to achieve yourself. If you are a project leader, you are still responsible for the work in the end. This is why it is important to oversee the project when delegating.
Leaders have to know how to handle difficult people and resolve conflicts. If an employee doesn’t work to the best of his or her ability and brings a negative attitude to work, leaders have to step up and talk to that person in private. Leaders have to be honest and straight to the point. This requires a lot of courage. It is not easy to point out a problem or fire someone. Always listen to the employee’s side of the story before you reach a conclusion.
Be a Follower
Leaders should learn to recognize the value of team members, learn from them and encourage other team members to learn from them. Learn things that you didn’t know from a person who specializes in that area.
“How did this happen?” That was the tagline on the homepage of the CNN website for two days starting January 29th, 2014 as two inches of snow paralyzed Atlanta, Georgia and the surrounding areas.
The front page of the World Emblem website had an entirely different tagline. “World Emblem’s Extreme Commitment Is Alive, Well & Stronger Than Ever!”
As soon as the severity of the situation in Atlanta became clear, World Emblem’s team catapulted into action to ensure every order made it out on time. It all came down to good decision-making and an amazing commitment by our World Emblem team. Orders were redirected from our Atlanta location and moved to locations that were operational in California, Mexico, Nevada, Illinois and Florida. Team members from these locations worked together to handle the overflow of orders from our Atlanta location which is World Emblem’s largest production facility in the United States. Our Florida team made the decision to put all Florida orders on hold; not because we don’t love our neighboring clients, but because we had the ability to make special arrangements with carriers and couriers to get the orders to them on time even if that meant delivering them ourselves. Our team in Florida was not only able to handle the orders from Atlanta, but was also able to get every Florida order out the door and onto the carrier’s trucks before the cut off time. Our amazing operators worked overtime from 10am until midnight to make sure that our clients’ needs were met. Those orders were then delivered to the airport and put on white-glove service to arrive at several cities. We then had couriers pick up the orders from Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville and deliver the orders to the clients’ doors before 10:30 am. This is a remarkable feat as Atlanta is our largest facility in the United States.
We called clients to let them know to expect delays but in fact, there were none. Our teams worked tirelessly so that the impact of this disruption was not felt by our clients. It is just another way that World Emblem is willing to prove to our clients that our core value of Extreme Commitment is alive, well and stronger than ever!