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Saturday, 04 January 2014 00:00

Leadership is a choice not a rank! Release control…

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For some in leadership, 2013 was a year when your resolve was tested. A year when you were perhaps told that your leadership approach was dysfunctional or ineffective because it did not fit the acceptable or traditional mold.

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I have spoken with and seen too many professionals who were cut loose by those who still believe that control is synonymous with leadership – this belief and modus operandi destroy careers rather than build up people and ultimately the organization. Creating a safe workplace environment where employees feel trusted, have clarity and can thrive is the real test of a good leader. A recent book titled “Turn the ship around” written by David Marquet should be recommended reading for all managers or any company interested in building or developing and retaining a strong team. At Marketware; we are reading this book as well.

I recently heard that the CEO of a well known company does not have headcounts he has heartcounts… think about that for a moment for when the focus is placed on trust and career development people give their best, succeed and the company benefits in the long term. 21st century companies need to seriously look at how their leaders are doing in this area, are they fostering other leaders, what are they doing to create a working model that creates the right competencies and abandon the fierce “I am the boss” old cultural stereotypes.

As work becomes less physical leaders need to make an effort to foster new leadership through better interactions with team members, see them as peers, and embrace different views which can lead to new innovations. As firms consider hiring NextGens in the next few years this will certainly be a requirement.

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” Andrew Carnegie

Jose Pierre

José Pierre, founder and CEO of Marketware International Inc., leads a firm that provides strategic consulting to both top-tier multinational financial institutions and their vendors as well as turnkey solutions for global trading and portfolio management.

 

José Pierre founded Marketware International in 1995, based on a vision of developing technology platforms for secure, cost effective, high volume online trading and portfolio management. By 1997, TD Waterhouse, Royal Bank of Canada, CIBC and other top-tier North American firms were clients. In 1999, TD Waterhouse acquired Marketware and Mr. Pierre, as SVP for International Technology for the TD Waterhouse Group, directed the development and delivery of high volume, local securities trading platforms throughout Europe and Asia.

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