Have you ever doubted your leadership skills, or thought maybe perhaps because you haven’t studied business management you wouldn’t be very good at it? The truth is, we all have the ability to become a leader as incredible as Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore.
Written by MEC Mining’s Technical Services Manager, Erin Sweeney
The human brain is an amazing thing, it is the central control of our bodies keeping us alive. It stores our memories and uses them helps us navigate and assign meaning to the complex world of interacting with other humans, things and events by linking emotions to the myriad of data coming in from our sensors all in an effort to keep us safe and alive. If we leave this process on auto-control our lives can quickly get overwhelming when we face times that are Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.
What seemed like a radical change to our way of working only a few months ago has very quickly become familiar. Social distancing means more people working from home, fewer opportunities for ad hoc team engagement and more chances to feel disengaged from workmates.
It’s important to recognise the impact of this change, not only on your team but yourself as their leader – to ensure everyone is supported to work safely and efficiently.
Have you ever doubted your leadership skills, or thought maybe perhaps because you haven’t studied business management you wouldn’t be very good at it? The truth is, we all have the ability to become a leader as incredible as Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore. Leadership is an important function of management which helps to maximise efficiency and to achieve organisational goals. Leadership is the potential to influence behaviour of others. It is also defined as the capacity to influence a group towards the realisation of a goal. Leaders are required to develop future visions, and to motivate the organisational members to want to achieve the visions. According to Keith Davis, “Leadership is the ability to persuade others to seek defined objectives enthusiastically. It is the human factor which binds a group together and motivates it towards goals.”
Here are five easy to follow step to focus on, in order to lead your team more effectively:
Lead by example; talk to people in a language they understand; be clear and confident in your message and your expectations. These were some of the pieces of advice given to mining engineers at MEC Mining’s recent industry networking event on 22 March. Over 50 people were present for the evening at Brisbane’s Alchemy Restaurant and Bar to exchange ideas on creating highly functional teams and balancing work performance with a healthy company culture.
What does it take to move into a leadership role, and how can you lead well once you’re there?
MEC Mining’s event with Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) delivered fascinating insights from a panel of mining professionals to an audience of technical experts – mostly women – on 15 February.
MEC Mining’s booked-out event, ‘Making the transition from technical expert to leader’, was attended by more than 50 mining engineers on 19 October.
Held at Alchemy Restaurant and Bar on the banks of the Brisbane River, this relaxed forum gave rise to thought-provoking discussions on the nature of leadership and its inherent challenges.
“A good leader doesn’t only inspire us to have confidence in what they can do,” organisational guru Simon Sinek tells us. “A great leader inspires us to have confidence in what we can do.”
If we think of great leaders throughout history, one thing they have in common is that they managed to unite and galvanise people in order to achieve change.
Maria Joyce, General Manager – Strategy and Business Development at MEC Mining, will give the opening keynote case study at the 7th Women in Engineering Leadership Summit, presented by Liquid Learning. The theme for this year’s summit, held at the Brisbane Marriott Hotel from 28 May to 1 June 2018, is ‘Engineer Your Success’.
MEC Mining celebrated its 12th birthday, entertaining clients at an exclusive cocktail event at Alchemy Restaurant and Bar in Brisbane. This year also marks an exciting turning point for MEC in terms of our leadership.