Leading in Modern Day Times
by Bobby Carter | MAKE IT VITAL
In these perilous times, our country is inundated with people who are in positions of leadership based on favoritism, greed, and politics. Where are the seasoned leaders who understand how to drive innovation in an uncertain economy with integrity, ingenuity, and diligence? Who shot Leadership and got away with it? Where is the “48 hour” investigation to solve the case through reformation? How do we bring down the monopoly of obsolete leadership?
Many American workers are driven into deeper frustration in this faltering economy. The majority of them are unhappy and unfullfilled at their places of employment. In 2010, according to the Conference Board research group, only forty five percent of Americans say they were satisfied with their place of employment, which is a tremendous decline from the same survey conducted in 1987 (when over sixty percent of workers reported they were satisfied). Lack of good leadership is the catalyst for the sharp decline in job satisfaction among today’s workforce.
Poor leadership has been the main reason for the downfall of many companies. The affects have become permanently etched into the minds of today’s workforce, who are now less engaged in their work. With today’s workers feeling depleted of their agility and vitality this has begun to affect the recovery of the economy. If this process is not reversed, it could hinder America’s innovation in the production of goods and services.
With an influx of new college graduates entering into the workforce, the scarcity of opportunities offered in the job market makes it difficult for them to apply their talents in their field of study.
In an effort to reverse this process, leadership must be explained in its distinctive nature and what it takes to effectively implement it in today’s market. Today’s leadership must create an atmosphere for employees to become innovative enough to produce ideas of great value, which will in turn reaffirm employees and their efforts.
I was once told by my professor, “People are not cars with interchangable parts”. If companies are going to progress they must embace leadership and not just management alone. Leadership sets the vision and management is the conveyor belt that carries it through.