Being a leader is not the same as being a manager. A manager can still be a poor leader or a leader cannot be a good manager. In an ever changing business environment, known leadership principles also constantly have to adapt with new leadership styles in addition to the old styles. But what is leadership and what will make a good leader in 2014?
A good leader inspires other people while ruling or guiding them in the right direction. But in a world of being connected, a good leader also provides opportunities for what is known as connective leadership. This means that while managing and leading, the leader also provides opportunities for participation and innovation by giving employees access to experiences and knowledge to grow.
The leader of 2014 knows exactly what employees' passions are and enable them to use them to the benefit of both the business and the employees. Employees are skilfully connected with not only their own tasks but also with those of the group to achieve mutual business goals. By thinking and acting holistically, the 2013 business leader builds and nurtures relationships by influencing employees and instilling trust.
Creating space for employees in which to grow is the biggest investment the 2014 leader could make for the business.