Would You Get a Standing Leadership Ovation from Your Team?
How much time do you spend with your new hires on their first day? Is it 30 minutes, an hour or maybe none at all. Melanie Healey, Proctor & Gamble’s recently retired Group President, North America, says this might be one of the most important things you can do as a leader in terms of building a strong, cohesive team that shows up and innovates day-in and day-out. We were fortunate to have her join us for an intimate conversation about her career, her global successes and the lessons learned along the way.
Authentic leadership and leading in a global environment were two of the many hot topics we covered. Regardless of what your leadership aspirations are, these tips can elevate your success and perception as a strong leader:
- Take time to learn your authentic leadership style, especially as it relates to your strengths. Build your career based upon this authenticity as well as your strengths. Never operate from your weaknesses – it’s a recipe for frustration and struggle, but rather find opportunities whose requirements align with your strengths and then shine!
- Pick your team as if you are casting for a play. The most interesting plays are the ones with really diverse characters bringing unique perspectives to the role. Hiring is no different. You need people with different backgrounds, experiences and ideas if you choose to generate and sustain true innovation and sustainability.
- If you choose to lead in a global environment you must take the time to get to know the culture. Simply flying in and out without taking the time to learn about their people, food, and art leaves you at a tremendous disadvantage. Your biggest ally in a global environment are the locals so take the time to learn.
- Don’t immediately assume that the way things are done in one region or country make sense and will work in another. While culture consistency is important, you must be flexible and willing to adapt in order to be effective in leading in global markets.
Over the course of her career, Melanie has learned the secrets to finding fulfillment in your work and private lives and it all begins with this phrase. You can have it all, just not at the same time. Curious about this statement? Take time to listen and learn! Click Here!