Are you a woman in innovation who is looking to develop and up-skill in the area of leadership? If the answer is yes, then this informative article is for you! We caught up with Dr. Giulia Sirigu from Inventya and Catherine Smith from Equal Talent to share their knowledge and expertise in how to lead others in an innovative and growing business.
To consider your leadership style, you first need to consider what will success look like and what strengths and attributes do you need to develop to achieve your goal? Think of someone you know who does this well. What are their confident leadership characteristics? What can you do to develop these qualities more?
Start understanding your leadership style. When leading others, it is important to feel comfortable in your own role and there are many techniques you can use to improve what you do.
You can be a task-oriented leader or a people-oriented one. A paternalistic guide or have an opportunistic approach. In each case, you need to be able to motivate people around you and develop your analytical and cognitive abilities to reach your shared goals. You can focus on different situations and adapt your leadership style to the people working with you. But, most importantly, you need to identify your strengths, and which areas need some improvement.
Most of the time becoming a role model, exemplifying behaviours, and characteristics you encourage in your followers helps to encourage change and be an inspiration for others. But not everybody feels comfortable having this type of role, in this case, you can facilitate the presence of other inspirational people providing food for thought for your team and yourself.
During our Leadership workshop, Catherine recommended the following points to help develop your confidence in leading others:
There are many different styles of leadership and we have all worked with people where we have admired or despised their leadership technique. Whilst many theories exist out there to find out what type of leader you are, this is something that is part of your personal growth and self-discovery when working with a growing team. So, give yourself the time to learn.
Dr Giulia Sirigu from Inventya and Catherine Smith from Equal Talent are both great leaders and they shared their top tips to help you become a great, and confident, leader.
If you want more support and advice from our Women in Innovation initiative, then keep an eye on the Inventya Events Webpage where will be promoting our upcoming Women in Innovation events where you will hear from experts and have take-away knowledge like the leadership tips shared in this article: https://www.inventya.com/events