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The following is the second in a four-part series on leadership trends for 2012.  We hope that you will find the articles enlightening and that you will be able to apply these strategies to make your business more ‘sticky’ to your employees!

Leadership by example

Free State University vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen, espouses spiritual and emotional qualities as key to exemplary leadership:

‘I have learned that leadership is not only technical and muscular; it is also spiritual and emotional. The textbooks are wrong. Strong leaders are in touch with their own emotions and the emotions of their followers. They know that the “bottom line” can only be achieved by relating to the spiritual and emotional lives of people.’

Empathy is an invaluable leadership trait in motivating and inspiring people. This sensitive and emotional quality never gained recognition in a hard masculine business environment but the advent of female leaders has changed that.

The following is the first in a four-part series on leadership trends for 2012.  We hope that you will find the articles enlightening and that you will be able to apply these strategies to make your business more ‘sticky’ to your employees!

Talent retention through ‘soft’ skills

Holding onto talented staff is a key factor in the stability and growth of any business. This should be one of the top three business priorities for 2012.

A startling survey of 2 000 employees conducted by the Hudson Institute in 2000, found that one-third were no longer committed and planned to leave their jobs within two years, 39% were uncommitted but planned to stay anyway and only 24% were committed and intended sticking around for another two years.

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