Part 1: A Holistic Leader – Why you should be one

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You’re ready to be promoted and have accumulated the work experience to be in charge of a department of your own.

But wait—what kind of leader do you want to be?

You’ve heard about people leave bad leaders but not companies. So at the very least, you don’t want to be a horrible boss.

Here’s how you can be not just a great boss but also a holistic leader.

Understand that communication is a 2-way channel

In delegating tasks, it’s easy to give orders as a supervisor.

However, when a holistic leader assigns difficult projects or assignments that are beyond an employee’s comfort zone or job scope, it’s communication skills that’ll produce maximum results.

If you’re able to share the context and rationale behind your decision-making process while allowing your team member to voice their opinions, you’ll not only be an effective leader but also inspire creativity and innovative solutions.

Focus on people

Employees are at the heart of a company’s operations.

And the whole of a company is more than the sum of its parts. 

As a holistic leader, understanding this means engaging your team members in a meaningful way that’ll boost productivity and lower turnover rates.

This is because you’re cultivating a conducive workplace where employees are less stressed, happier and more motivated to help you achieve success; because your success is their success and vice versa.

Encourage failure

If an employee is scared of making mistakes, the company is in danger of stifling innovative thinking and maintaining the status quo. This may be the way to conducting a stagnant business in the long run.

Encouraging team members to push the envelope beyond their comfort zones while making calculated risks will produce higher levels of performance.

A holistic leader will ensure errors are at a minimum and if they happen, will take responsibility for it while safeguarding the team.

Recognise mistakes as learning opportunities and your company is poised for continual growth.

As a holistic leader, you should empower your team

It’s human nature that within a company and a team, there’ll be distinct personalities to contend with.

Even the holistic leader themselves will have their quirks and habit.

Recognise and employ the best workplace traits to work together cohesively and avoid unnecessary office politics that’ll just disrupt the workplace.

Empower your team members with greater autonomy accordingly and in turn, improve morale and gain confidence as their leader.

A holistic leader lead by example

Employees tend to look to their leaders for inspiration.

Research has shown that holistic leaders adopt a people-centred approach to optimise success. This means that they have a keen understanding of how their actions and words influence their team members and therefore impress upon them by example.

This approach allows holistic leaders to gain respect and confidence in their team.

In Conclusion

Leaders are not born; they are made. And it takes time. 

So, as long as you focus on becoming a holistic leader that is effective, then you will lead yourself towards the process of learning and application.

Eventually, you will become one.

Fundamentally, you will embrace an open-communication policy, prioritise employee welfare and understand the importance of active employee engagement.

Then, you’re ready to take the next step in your career’s progression in becoming a holistic leader.


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Amos Tay

Amos Tay

Amos Tay is the Senior Partner of Hatch Asia. He is a Gallup-Certified CliftonStrength Coach and lead our executive search, coaching and expand our partnership development across the region.

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