DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES IN THE WORKPLACE

TITLE: DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES IN THE WORKPLACE
Setting Global Leadership Standards
Our drive towards vision 2022-One of ten in ten demands that individual players up their leadership profile.
There is a need for more flexible relationships between a globally focused leader and their followers in the workplace.
Globalization, technological innovation, demographic changes bring a tremendous transformation into human life and work.
For an institution like Covenant University’s ICT department, which is gunning for global reckoning, to remain competitive in the global market, a close emotional interdependent link and an ongoing development of trust and loyalty between leaders and followers must established.
 A greater manager employee relationship can significantly influence member’s behavior and increase the degree of their commitment to the leader and their organization.
The relationship can be enhanced by spending time together and considering the member’s needs, expectation, and values.
As aspiring global leaders in the field of ICT, we cannot have an outstanding performance without the ability to guide and influence employees to work towards the organizational goals.
We are well placed in time and destiny because technology plays a significant role in global policies, economics and culture and shapes the structure of the global system.
Technological advancement has not only saved time and money for greater organizational profit and a better quality of life, but has also created a global village with shared regulation, language and values.
The business and nature of work are changed by technology. It makes distance learning and telework happen.
Online learning is a commonly used training strategy, and both web meeting and emails are must-have tools for organizational communication.
Virtual workforce, virtual organizations and e-leadership are also emerging from technology development.

Essential Leadership Skills for Success as an Emerging Global ICT Leader
1.      Develop Self - Awareness  

- Identity self - strengths and weakness                                                                                              - It is important for we as ICT leaders to understand our individual reactions to situations and approaches to decision - making.                                                                           - Knowing self – limitations and behavioral patterns can help leaders perform more effectively.
b. Appreciate Individual differences.                                                                                                                                -Wisdom is the ability to recognize and appreciate difference. Dr Mike Murdock
c. Close the intellectual gap by looking at similarities.
2.          Understand Cultural Stereo types
a. Avoid stereotyping and personal biases.
b. Lead people with respect.
3.          Increase Self – Assurance
a. Understand competitors
b. Stay one step ahead of the game and be enthusiastic to the challenges.
4.           Always Look at the Bigger Picture

5.           Create a vision and be able to sell it.

6.           Develop a global mindset.
7.           Gain and offer supports.
               - Gain ongoing support from all levels of the organization.
               - Provide support and organization.
8.          Build effective communication skills.
               - Develop verbal communication skills.
               -Develop non-verbal communication skills
   -View each communication as an opportunity to sell a vision and develop a relationship.
9.          Search for and utilize resources.
10.        Create appropriate motivational techniques.         
11.        Take social responsibility seriously.
    -Today’s leadership is expected to promote corporate social responsibility, an important concept in dealing with stakeholders.


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