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Human Leadership: Its Increasing Significance and Importance

Yaani Patel| Nidhi Inamdar|1/4/2023, UTC|20 MIN READ|
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People first- That is what human leadership is all about.

 

A leadership approach known as "human-centered leadership" Concentrates on the requirements of the people. This kind of values-based, genuine leadership prioritizes people.  

Developing relationships and trust is at the heart of human-centered leadership, which is based on the idea that people are an organization's most valuable resource. Giving employees the resources, training in leadership skills, and support they require to succeed is a key component of this sort of leadership.  

Any leader needs to be able to empathize with others, so this capacity is crucial. You can better comprehend someone else's point of view if you can put yourself in their position. You can connect with them because you recognize their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. This can enable you to establish more meaningful connections with your staff members, foster trusting working relationships, and improve the workplace atmosphere.  

Creating change also requires empathy. You can develop a vision that appeals to your employees when you are aware of their requirements and desires. You can create plans that cater to their demands and put into place measures that they will accept. Employee trust can be increased through leadership development training and by fostering a culture of respect and inclusion. Employees are more likely to trust the leader when they feel like they have a voice in decision-making. Successful leaders are likely to be those who are receptive to criticism and those who are ready to listen to their subordinates.  

Many people mistakenly believe that leaders are born, not made. Through practice and instruction, leaders can be created. Numerous methods can improve your leadership abilities. The fact that leadership is about helping others is among the most crucial things to keep in mind. You can motivate people to follow your example when you put their needs ahead of your own.  

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch

 

Different leadership approaches exist, including democratic, bureaucratic, and autocratic ones. What would you say if someone asked you, "What is leadership?" 

 

Leadership: What Is It? 

Leadership is the practice of inspiring members of a group to work together toward a common objective. Based on concepts that might be one's own or those of other influential figures.   

Along with guiding the organization toward progress, successful leadership also involves effectively conveying these ideas to others and inspiring people to take on tasks and develop personally. Effective leadership is motivating for both the leader and the people around them.  

 

Types of Leadership 

 

Different Human Leadership style infographics

Democratic Leadership

This is as obvious as its name. In a democratic leadership style, decisions are made democratically with input and criticism from the team. Although the leader does have the final say, all opinions are legitimate. Given that it provides employees with a voice, this is unquestionably one of the strongest leadership philosophies.

Autocratic leadership  

When the opinions of the workforce are taken into consideration, this is the polar opposite of democratic leadership. This type of leadership involves expecting people to follow their decisions, which is not a long-term strategy.  

Free-Rein Leadership  

Laissez-fire is French for "let them go." This leadership style is the least intrusive, and leaders that use it make sure that staff have the power. This leadership style must be controlled because it can both empower and constrain development.

Factors of Free-Rein Leadership (infographics)

Strategic Leadership  

A competent strategic leader acts as a liaison between management and the employees. The working conditions of the team and executive objectives are safeguarded when decisions are taken using this leadership style.

Transformational Leadership  

This leadership approach always seeks to improve capabilities. Tasks and timelines may be given, and supervisors using this approach may ask staff members to continuously push their limits. This style of leadership is typically used by the bulk of growth-oriented firms.   

Transformational leadership encourages followers' commitment, involvement, loyalty, and output. Whether it is to show their respect for the leader, to act like the leader to cognitively relate to them, or to maintain loyalty without sacrificing their self-esteem, followers will go to any measure to demonstrate their loyalty. 

Transformational Leadership - Infographics

 

Transformational leaders can change with the times, foster group awareness, manage themselves, and motivate a workforce. What is Transformational Leadership Theory? 

The Transformational Leader's Four I's  

The four (4) primary characteristics of transformative leadership can be summed up as follows:  

First, Idealized Influence or "II"  

The leader's job as a perfect example for followers is known as idealized influence. The transformative leader demonstrates the qualities they want in their team members. The leader is viewed as an example by followers in this situation.  

  • Motivating Inspiration (IM)  

By articulating a distinct vision and motivating others toward that purpose, transformational leaders can inspire and motivate their followers. Together, the two traits and "Idealized Influence" constitute the productivity of a transformational leader. Transformative leader can easily inspire their followers when they are clear-headed.  

  • Individualized Consideration (IC)  

Genuinely caring transformational leaders support the self-actualization of their followers by being sensitive to their needs and emotions. Giving each follower personalized attention helps build trust between the organization's members, its authority figures, and its followers (s).  

  • Intellectual Stimulation (IS)

Transformational leaders inspire their followers to be imaginative and forward-thinking as well as to challenge the status quo. 

Transactional Leadership  

Focusing on the action-and-reward model is a very popular leadership style in today's workplace. For example, if a team or employee meets a goal set by the organization, they may be given an incentive or bonus.  

Pacesetter Leadership  

Pacesetting leadership, sometimes known as "setting the pace," is a management or professional guiding style in which the leader sets the bar for the performance and quality required of their subordinates by leading by example. Pacesetting is a results-driven leadership approach that calls on team members to meet or exceed the benchmark established for them. It places a strong emphasis on individual accountability, so each team member must fulfill all of their timelines and quality goals. Here are some guidelines for applying this leadership style successfully.  

Human Leadership  

Leaders who emphasize their individuals and culture are human-centered. However, it is not simply about feelings or trying to please other people.

Compassion is a quality that allows a person to be attentive to the difficulties that others are experiencing, to react with empathy, and then take action to help and uplift them. It involves having a sincere desire to improve the lives of others and see them prosper. Giving candid comments may occasionally be necessary, but most of the time, this involves figuring out how each of us may contribute to the well-being of others.

The three characteristics of human leaders  

Leaders today must be genuine, sympathetic, and adaptable to be successful.  

three characteristics of human leaders and their leaderships (infographics)

 

 

  • Authenticity is the top quality

Simply setting an example of professional behavior following the organization's principles is no longer sufficient. Leaders must also set an example of what it looks like to bring one's "whole self" to work and strike a balance between open expression and a welcoming environment that supports corporate principles. Lead honestly and act with purpose to create a climate that supports safe self-expression in the modern world. Human leaders encourage safe individual expression at work rather than enforcing rigid professional limits. 

  • Empathy

In this new phase of work-life fusion, where bedrooms have been transformed into temporary offices and personal anxieties may seep into work hours, while the epidemic has accelerated this transition, there are other factors at work as well. According to 81% of HR executives, Gen Z workers expect leaders to have excellent emotional intelligence.  

  • Adaptability 

Leaders must address teams' personal needs in addition to their professional demands. More genuine care, respect, and concern for the welfare of the workforce are necessary to achieve this. Human leaders attend to people's needs in their personal lives rather than their employees' demands at work.

What does it mean to become human-centered?

Develop empathy for coworkers, clients, and business partners so that you may fully comprehend their driving forces, aspirations, feelings, and obstacles that affect their behavior. As a leader, you can spend time with your teammates and clients to learn about a day in their lives as individuals and members of your team to create this empathy. You can listen in on customer service calls with the intention of understanding rather than passing judgment on your customer care representative. Look for your representative's and your customer's success chance and barriers, as well as what you can do as the leader and decision-maker to help them.  

The role of HR in a people-centered culture

Seek diversity with enthusiasm in the individuals you hire and recruit, as well as the clients you involve in the creative process, going beyond the apparent demographic characteristics.  

No matter if the "concept tries" were successful or not, highlight and applaud the best ones. Flatten the management’s organizational charts in favor of gathering brilliant ideas from all areas and levels of the business. The strength of an individual's ideas has little to do with where they fall in the organizational hierarchy.  

Human-resources foster a culture of possibility where ideas can flourish free from bias and assumed limitations. They will be created iteratively with a "yes, and... " Mentality, where the "and" represents an additional building element that enhances the first envisioned notion.  

We have tried to create a culture of I can, We can in Lucent Innovation. Here, everyone is working toward the same goal, which is the intersection of the organization's goals, its resources, and its clients' needs. There are a lot of ways that creating a human-centered culture has helped our company in decreasing turnover rates, increasing job satisfaction, and improving data-driven decisions.  

Finally, a human-centered organization fosters a recognition culture in which staff members cherish, respect, and receive acknowledgment for their originality and ingenuity.

 

Yaani Patel

HR Manager

Nidhi Inamdar

Sr Content Writer

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