Succeeding in these environments requires a leader to work effectively in teams and to influence others without necessarily having the usual positional power structure for leverage. A leader’s ability to influence others is a critical leadership competency in this more fluid environment.
To be successful as a leader in an environment of cross-functional teams, leaner staffing and constant change, you will need to engage the hearts and minds of your team. Their perspectives, ideas and support are invaluable.
You will also need to garner the support of your peers and of those above you if you want to ensure your team’s ability to get the support and resources required to succeed.
Imagine that you no longer have a title or any “formal” authority at all.
- How many members of your team would follow you anyway?
- How many people in the organization would buy into your ideas?