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New Year, New Trends in Leadership
Friday, December 28, 2012

The onset of a new year makes us evaluate the highs and lows of the one on it's way out. We take with us the good memories and leave the bad behind. In the work world, we do the same kind of evaluations. We look back on the things we did right and find ways of making them even better in the upcoming year.

Leadership is a vital professional skill that always has room for improvement. The best leaders lead by example because they practice and prove what they preach. Everyone has what it takes to put their ideas into action, it just comes down to whether they do or not.

Here are some of the changing trends in leadership approaches that are expected to become more prevalent in 2013:
The perfectly balanced combination of leadership and people skills will be valued more than leadership alone. The best kind of motivation is when the employee feels prompted to do something out of want rather than obligation. If you've ever experienced this kind of leadership, you'll realize that you're doing your job well and with pride because your leader has made you enthusiastic about it.

Leaders who lack these people can often make their employees feel like their work is more of a chore that they are being told to do rather than feeling happy to do so.Training for this people-leadership skill combo focuses on areas such as: coaching a team, thinking like a leader, others producing the company desired results, and getting others engaged.
When you have a group of people working together, the glue that keeps them together is the leader. But a leader without a cooperative group is not a leader. It takes the contributed effort of the entire team in order for the operation to function properly. Essentially, the leader cannot expect to do everything himself nor expect to take all the credit either. Leaders are still just as much a part of the team as anyone else and must pull the weight for which they are compensated for.
Now that the world is more directly connected, there is no reason why anyone should feel alienated especially those in the workplace. Leaders can more easily reach out to their team and get the necessary feedback for building a stronger group--which starts from the top down.
Another trend that among leadership roles is that more leaders are being made from within as opposed to being brought in. The best candidates for taking on more responsibility are those who have honed their skills from that same company. Internal perspectives are often more insightful than someone from another company who has been working in the same position longer.

Whichever way the trends in leadership turn out in 2013, there is one core principle that is sure to stay the same: a good leader can successfully build trust with his team, increase productivity and help an organization grow.