Just continuing this wee series about leadership. Sadly there isn’t a one size fits all approach to this, but these are some things that I feel are helpful, even vital, for the role of a leader.

2. Environment
I feel it is the role of a leader to create the environment for people to grow and flourish in. It is the responsibility of the leader to be developing an atmosphere of encouragement where people feel valued rather than being under pressure to perform.

The leader should be a person who is casting vision for the future, constantly feeding this to those following. However, this doesn’t mean the leader has the sole responsibility in discovering the vision. Instead this should be done in a shared environment, which the leader should facilitate through listening to others through conversations and team meetings. From this, then the leader should develop the vision and, in particular, communicate it.

I constantly remind myself of this proverb:
“Without vision the people perish…” Proverbs 29:18

A leader must continue develop an environment where the vision for everything that is done is continually and clearly communicated. But it’s also important to strike a balance between imagination and action. We need to allow people the time and space to be creative and to think about the ‘not yet’, but not at the expense of turning action into a talking shop. Leaders should always be pushing for delivery of goals and visions.

As well as all this, I feel there should be room for the spontaneous. While it is important to help your team feel at ease, it is also vital to keep their on their toes. Perhaps routine creates apathy at times, and so changing the rhythm of things sometimes may bring freshness and new life to your team. A leader’s job is to judge the right amount of change and spontaneity, because there remains a danger that too much of it may unsettle some.