Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin believes that effective leadership is based on the qualities of trust, clarity, a nurturing spirit and engagement.
While much has been written and spoken about trust, clarity and about nurturing, the ability for leaders to engage with their team is often overlooked. This is a big mistake as the new generation of employees want (and need) to be a part of something bigger. As such, the leaders' ability to engage his or her team is therefore a crucial quality of today's effective leader.
Minister Tan Chuan-Jin also explained that another key theme is trust. "People are prepared to follow you because they trust you, they believe you have their interests at heart and that you care for them, and when the chips are down or the stakes are high, you will be there to look out for them and protect them even at the expense of your own interests. That is why you are prepared to go that extra mile.”
Mr Tan also added that a good leader strives on clarity. This means making sense of complex situations to give people clear directions and lower their anxiety. Another aspect is nurturing people - such as teaching them and helping them grow in order to achieve sustainable success.
He elaborated: "Ultimately. leaders in whatever position will have to make sense from the different perspectives shared, and then be able to have the courage to make the decisions and then continually evolve those decisions."
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