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4 Signs That Will Instantly Identify Someone with Remarkable Leadership Skills

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4 Signs That Will Instantly Identify Someone with Remarkable Leadership Skills
Now more than ever, companies need to create cultures centered on employees. Strong cultures create effective working teams that attract top talent, while weak cultures can quickly lead to burnout or employees heading for the exit. Companies facing these high stakes are eager to create a place where employees want to go to work.

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Strong company cultures

Companies need to create cultures centered on employees. Strong cultures create effective working teams that attract top talent, while weak cultures can quickly lead to burnout or employees heading...

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Building meaningful company cultures

  • Build trust through transparency.
  • Foster healthy connection.
  • Lead by example
  • Incorporate fun into the day job.

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Talent and opportunity

Talent may be evenly distributed, but opportunity is not. It could take some time and cumulative action to build a more diverse workforce, but sometimes the simplest of measures can add up to major changes.

At Shopify, for example, the company rethought the requirements on their job descriptions. On each job post, it encourages job seekers to apply even if they don’t necessarily meet all the requirements that are listed.

Using your brand to tell authentic stories

One of the most helpful things you can do for your employer brand at the moment is to help employees and those interested in joining your company see beyond just your value proposition, to your actual values.

In the future, this will become even more important as companies continue to recognize the importance of taking a more empathetic, human tone in their messaging and telling authentic stories that reveal their company’s values and purpose.

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Remote-first Mindset

Accept that you have to put in place remote work systems, even if more than half of your employees ultimately revert to office-based work.

  • If done right, a remote-first infrastructu...

Build a socially-connected culture

Intentionally design for the same interactions that would otherwise happen if people were in the office.

  • Culture is what naturally happens when a group of people gets together for any period.
  • A great culture happens with intentional design and influence. It's the reason you should make your company's mission, vision, values, operating principles, standards, and agreements visible. 
  • Culture is experienced through emotions, including how your employees feel about the company, you, other leaders, and peers. That feeling is developed through human interaction at the water cooler, kitchen, or hallway conversations.

Your leadership presence

Your people need to feel your presence as a leader as they will have fewer opportunities to see you face to face when they work remotely.

  • Regularly show up in a variety of forms that can include weekly video meetings, periodic company-wide emails, or presence in public channels.
  • Err on the side of more communication rather than less.

Hackathon

... is a term used in reference to innovation jams and describes an event that pools eager entrepreneurs and software developers into a confined space for a day or two and challenges them to inn...

A Good 24-hour Hackathon

  • Centers on the customer process or journey and supports a clear business target.
  • Involves employees from all relevant areas to find different ways of working a problem. 
  • Challenge participants to reimagine an existing method to try to find the most efficient way to improve the customer experience.
  • Sessions start with ideas but end with a working prototype.
  • Output includes a clear development path that highlights all the steps needed to accelerate production and implementation.
  • The hackathon concludes with a presentation to senior leaders, including a real-life demonstration of the new prototype and a roadmap of IT and other capabilities needed to bring the final version to market.
  • Once the teams agree on what to do, those responsible for execution create a virtual model that the group vets, refines and re-releases in continual cycles until the new process or app meets the desired experience criteria.
  • Management prevents the dissipation of enthusiasm and energy created on the hackathon by placing new processes to sustain it.