Those organizations with good leadership are easily identifiable; their leader’s ethos is in the bloodstream of the organization and their employees are fully engaged with this mindset as well. Sounds simple?
The well-known Simon Sinek TED talk ‘How great leaders inspire action’ excellently summarizes what makes good leadership. Over seven years have passed since this video – in a very fast-paced, evolving world – however the essence of what Sinek says still applies. Great leaders inspire others by putting the purpose before the process, or the product.
A good leader defines the organization and engages employees through company-wide communication and beyond, not just at a senior level. We’ve previously explored the importance of good employee engagementbecause engaged employees are more effective and productive and are good ambassadors for your business. The more engaged and aspirational the leadership can be, the more engaged and productive the whole organization can be.
While for smaller organizations it is arguably easier for a good leader to engage with the whole of the organization, this still applies for larger organizations. Good leadership should be independent of head count. The methods may vary but the goals are the same. Whatever your company’s size you need to demonstrate that engaging and communicating with your employees is an organizational priority. The company’s vision, values, goals and objectives need to be regularly communicated across the organization so that they are truly the foundation of your company.
At IAOCR we are passionate about recognizing good leadership and employee engagement because we believe this is fundamental for the progression of individual organizations, as well as the industry as whole. We are truly committed to these values which is demonstrated through our Workforce Quality Accreditation; a seven-step process that recognizes and awards globally consistent and transparent systems that have good workforce quality businesses processes in place.
Beyond this, our commitment to the future of the Clinical Research is clear through the Qualified Executive Leadership Program (ELIACR). We believe that good leadership combines a number of different components and that as an industry it is critical that we develop our leaders of the future. The ELIACR program is designed to develop high level commercial and leadership competencies in professionals that have reached a senior level within clinical research, but not previously benefitted from a business school education.