Leadership qualities and leadership traits have become buzzwords for organizational management and personal development. But what does leadership really entail? And what challenges are value chain leaders confronted with? Here at Inchainge, we have always concerned ourselves with the question of what makes a leader a good leader. Read more about leadership in our article.Topics in this article
Leadership can come in many forms and shapes. Earliest conceptions of leadership go back hundreds, if not thousands of years. Leadership often had a negative aftertaste, such as in Machiavelli’s The Prince. A leader should be feared, rather than loved, especially if both is impossible. For centuries, leadership was about military prowess, domination, and oppression.
Today, leadership is no longer about conquering countries, but about leading businesses and organizations. What makes a good leader therefore changed. A good leader not only inspires others by creating a vision for a common goal, but also knows how to direct the efforts of the team towards a goal.
There are many ways to be a good leader, but some have turned out to be particularly successful.
The concept of the T-shaped manager was first originated by David Guest and its principles have been promoted a lot since then. The central idea of the T-shaped manager is that they combine the benefits of deep (technical) knowledge and problem-solving skills. These skills are used in a particular functional or business area with broad communication skills across different areas, within or across firms.
Another conception of leadership has been originated by Jack Welch, former long-time CEO of General Electric. In this conception there are four vital angles to leadership.
What leadership style works for you and your organization depends on numerous factors. Furthermore, it is dependent on your personality, but some skills are vital for every value chain leader.
Within every company, leaders have several tasks. These are particularly complex within supply chain management, but can be narrowed down to:
Being a Value Chain leader comes with a lot of complexity and responsibility – working across departments, setting targets, and managing stakeholders are only some of the important skills needed when managing the supply chain. Here at Inchainge, we develop Value Chain Leaders: Our simulations do not only focus on teaching technical skills, but also dedicate attention to the intangible side of leadership!
A high-performing value chain needs the collaboration of team members from across the organization. Tearing down silos and creating the right cross-functional mindset, however, can be a serious challenge. So, what do you need in order to achieve success? Ideally, you’d like your team to experiment with different scenarios wherein they learn to overcome various obstacles.
Increasingly more focus is put on soft skills in the business world. Employers do not only want well educated staff, they want more than that. But what are soft skills and why are they indispensable at the workplace? And how can you improve your soft skills through our business simulations? Read everything you need to know about soft skills in our article below.
Building teams and fostering teamwork is a crucial element in leading a successful business – within and across different departments. But challenges are waiting at every corner, particularly if cooperation has to happen virtually. With Inchainge’s simulations being playable online, we have become experts in making teamwork happen at a distance!