The influence of the model leader

This guest commentary was written by Dr. John A Passante, President and CEO, The Organizational Development Group Inc. Tire Distribution Inc.

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Each of us takes the time to think about the leaders who have had an impact on our careers and, in many cases, on our lives. They opened the window of opportunity, guided us, mentored us and unleashed our potential. In many ways, they were our “teacher” and encouraged us to never stop learning, to truly value and build relationships, as well as the ability to forgive mistakes and provide prompt, positive, professional feedback. frank.

A role model stays the course, shows inner courage, and weathers the storm of an ever-changing automotive aftermarket, business environment, and world. A living example of leadership, resilience, a merchant of hope, a positive attitude and an intelligent action that shows us the way.

The characteristics of the model leader are:

  • Integrity
  • Optimism
  • Persistence
  • Vision
  • Dedication
  • Conduct
  • Respect
  • To concentrate
  • Action oriented

The leader who brings out the best in us is a motivator! They inspire us with their words, praise, positive reinforcement and by playing to our strengths. The fact is, we all want success, and true leaders show us the way.

A visionary leader sees the potential in an individual and a group, with the ability to communicate purpose and make the goal a reality, coupled with a strong dose of perseverance. They attack problems, not people! At all times, they demonstrate authenticity, admit mistakes and seize opportunities for improvement. They feel good about themselves, are human and embrace a corporate culture of inclusion, fairness and meaningful work and career development. Valuing employees is not only the right way to lead, it is the very soul of the organization.

Model leaders are indeed human. Making tough decisions and being human are not mutually exclusive. Facing tough decisions is often the most human thing we do. Being a good person and role model helps us grow in real-world wisdom and compassion. The golden rule is always in fashion. Live each day with a positive intention to support and help others. The impact on employee well-being and productivity is striking. There is a strong desire to motivate, listen, learn and lead. Give people room to be creative and grow.

What lessons has “The Great Resignation” taught us? Employees seek to connect to a shared mission. The goal drives the goal. Today’s employees have much lower tolerance for dysfunctional or tedious work environments. The work satisfaction of employees is a must and increases employee retention, which results in a competitive advantage. It’s time to put interaction back into the equation. Remember the song: “People who need people are the happiest people in the world? Employers who drive employee engagement will be winners. Model leaders build people and organizations.

Over the years and throughout our careers, many of us have had managers who have influenced us in a positive or negative way. I deliberately used the word manager rather than leader because of the connotation of my opening statement. Most of us understand the difference between a manager and a leader, and I do not intend to distinguish between the two. My desire is to encourage you to represent the leader who has most influenced you and helped you develop your personal and professional skills. For most of us, someone from our past or current position immediately enters our mind. This is most likely the person we identify as “where would I be without them?” Now that we’ve identified the person/leader who has influenced us for good, think about how this person has impacted your career as a positive role model. Was the individual an industry expert, a great speaker, a great motivator, a charismatic personality, or someone who shared their passion for your business and made a significant investment?

We also need to identify the manager who negatively impacted us and the characteristics and traits that shaped the leader we are today. As motivating and inspiring leaders, we are called to nurture our team by displaying positive attributes and becoming a positive role model. Think of the individual who has motivated us to achieve greatness. Are we that person for our team? Are we investing in our team by identifying positive characteristics and encouraging them to achieve their personal and professional goals and objectives? It’s not an easy task, becoming a positive role model requires dedication and commitment from us. This requires connecting with our team and discovering their dreams and aspirations. Each member of our team is unique and requires special attention to get to know them personally.

The value of the leader who wishes to be an effective role model cannot be underestimated. Each aspect of our company is affected by the model which promotes open, honest and transparent communication. Communication promotes a safe environment and engenders healthy morale. Healthy morale increases team member productivity and engagement, which leads to retention, loyalty, and effectiveness. Additionally, the positive role model successfully advances the next generation of positive role models who carry on the rich tradition. Teamwork, collaboration and innovation are encouraged and cultivated by the positive model, making our organization an ideal place to learn and grow.

As we strive to commit to developing the next generation of industry leaders, let us remember the leader of our lives who was a positive role model and commit to becoming a positive role model for our team by demonstrating honesty, integrity and character.

Perhaps in the past, employees were often taken for granted. The past two years have taught us the importance of the human side of the automotive aftermarket. Technology cannot replace the minds and hearts of our employees. Employees working in harmony open the doors of innovation, collaboration and real teamwork!

Are you a model leader?

Rebecca R. Santistevan