The leader as a source of inspiration

Almost 3 years after the entire planet and all human activities were impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency, business structures have been gradually adapting to the new realities left in the aftermath of that historic event.

Not only teleworking has been a dynamizing element of companies, whether small, medium or large. It has also changed the way of managing teams, outlining objectives and setting goals for the common benefit of those who make up the same entity.

This 2023 is on track to be a year of stabilization following the impacts of the health emergency. However, it could also be a year in which global economic activity faces bumps as a result of an incipient crisis in specific sectors, such as technology, with giant companies employing thousands of people in multiple countries. Not surprisingly, some companies have already announced massive cutbacks and the trend is expected to continue.

That is why, faced with the uncertainty of the future and the lessons learned from the pandemic, such as knowing that things can change from one day to the next, business leaders are called upon to raise their hands to adequately protect the greatest asset of any organization: the human resource.

In this line, the report "Leadership in Central America: Horizon 2023", prepared by CCK Central America and ManpowerGroup, indicates that in the Costa Rican labor market 90.14% of the people interviewed say that a leader is the one who builds a team. In addition, 86.96% say that a leader is someone who motivates and 87.45% say that a leader is someone who inspires.

Thus, these three elements must be weighed by business leaders to ensure a company's success.

Building a team is not only about forming a team, it is also about forming people with values, who feel part of an organization, who are happy and who give their best to achieve the objectives set.

Motivating is not only validating when the work is done well. It is also to support the staff in complex work moments. It is to convince staff that they have the ability to succeed, with the full support of the company and, above all, with the support of the leader.

Finally, to inspire is not to project an image of a "model executive" with a strong character who achieves goals reluctantly. Inspiring is a concept that goes beyond that and is confined to keeping the staff "inspired" to build a synergy that strengthens the actions of the company. A leader who inspires is one who makes everyone feel part of a team and, above all, makes them feel important to achieve business success.

Precisely, according to the report, leaders should improve administrative and organizational capabilities (43.75%), as well as technical knowledge and skills (41.25%). Meanwhile, those who are subordinates consider that their bosses and leaders should improve communication (38.73%) and creativity and innovation (37.32%). In other words, with these results, it is clear that to complete the leader's role, it is not enough just to reinforce the technical aspects for the exercise of the functions. It is necessary to look beyond the demands of the members of the organization to ensure that everyone is rowing in the same direction and, above all, under the tutelage of a leader who inspires, orients and guides them.

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