Are you a Natural-Born Societal Leader?
July 7, 2021
Social-ability may be described as being able to interact and work efficiently inside and across cultural boundaries (organizational, spatial, demographic, occupational) – exploring, innovating, interconnecting, exchanging, learning together and helping each other.
How social ability affects leadership?
Social-ability may be described as being able to interact and work efficiently inside and across cultural boundaries (organizational, spatial, demographic, occupational) – exploring, innovating, interconnecting, exchanging, learning together and helping each other. Social skills are one of the key factors for managers to develop high performing teams in order to create trust, respect, team spirit and minimize tension between team members. In fact, this produces an environment of mutual respect among the organization.
Definition of societal leadership
Societal leadership is contextual and consensual: it is a kind of community authority that consists of credibility and social capital in mind. Societal leadership complements traditional leadership, but operates when there is no formal leading: our societies. And that’s critical because our societies are helping us survive in the Social Age.
To be a Societal Leader
Some people seem to be born with impressive social skills, while other people will struggle. Whether or not a person is born as a societal leader, it is possible to develop and exercise social competences. While this can be challenging, it is necessary to manage a successful team. The natural societal leaders have many traits:
- Transparent: What does transparency actually entail when it comes to societal business? It means you are not afraid to mask who you are or for who you work, and that you are prepared to be exposed to a boundless audience (and company).
- Collaboration: Silo mentality is a mindset present when certain departments or sectors do not wish to share information with others in the same company. Unlike this, societal leaders should encourage cooperation among teams, departments, disciplines and geography, and the use of social instruments to promote collaboration.
- Authentic: This is another phrase that is frequently spoken in terms of society. To some extent, it meant the same thing as transparency, but transparency means more accessible, while authenticity is more real.
- Pleasant: Societal leaders are sociable and approachable. People like to work for societal leaders since they will empower, guide those around them.
- Quick decision maker: you would be late if you have to wait a year for major decisions. Societal leaders will evaluate, discuss, and decide swiftly.
- Explorer of digital tools: The societal leader tries to learn what is happening and keeps up with the developments of business through technological changes and the introduction of new sites, networks and innovations.
- Active networker: Societal network provides the ability to broaden the network and keep conversations ongoing. Society company leaders know how to build effective linkages through social media influence.
- Always look for fresh ideas: Besides new technologies, societal leaders want to get insights from other companies and sectors and to look for information from a number of sources.
- Passionate about employee engagement: isn’t this all about? If you don’t love engagement, you won’t necessarily be excited about social business.
Check if you are a social leader
1/ Do I normally have confidence in my employees to do the job and do the right thing?
2/ Do I continue to consider ways to prevent problems rather than wait for problems before I act?
3/ Do I enjoy hearing other people’s thoughts as I decide?
4/ Do I like transitions and wonder about how different things can be?
5/ Do I like to work with my employees to develop values and inspire excellence?
6/ Can I take responsibility for my errors?
7/ Do I want someone to see the real me while I communicate with them?
8/ Am I interested in a team approach over an individual approach?
9/ Am I able to give the group credit for ideas and positive outcomes?
10/ Am I usually willing to look at the bright side?
If you answered yes to most or all of these questions, then you already have various qualities of a societal leader. Try to find out if the staff are affected by the questions to which your response was no. Share these questions with your colleagues to see what their responses are if this is something you are interested in developing more. Encourage them to replicate their own societal leadership potential in this exercise.