To keep a supply chain company running smoothly and retain talent for both better results and a quality environment, vice presidents, directors and managers must maintain strong skills in coordinating and leading the rest of the team. One of the most important aspects of maintaining success on the job is providing good leadership skills in supply chain management. Poor leadership can cause a decrease in employee morale, efficiency and effectiveness, which in turn can lead to a poor process, less productivity and overall reduced quality for your company.
Fortunately, there are some cures to some of the more common leadership weaknesses. With patience and resolve, you can work to improve the key skills of supply chain leaders, effectively improving the company itself.
So, how can you become a successful supply chain manager? Here are a few tips for curing the most common leadership weaknesses.
Avoid these pitfalls to build stronger supply chain leadership skills:
- Overworking – With so many processes to oversee, costs to analyze and strategies to execute, it’s understandable that the pressure can escalate, and the stress of seeing success — combined with your impeccable work ethic and dedication — can sometimes translate to pushing your subordinates to contribute even more. Constructive encouragement is absolutely beneficial, and it’s okay to push your employees when you need to see results, especially since the stability and smooth operability of production and processes depend upon optimum performance and adherence to strategies. But overworking your staff can turn bad quickly. By making everything a priority, you’ll wear down employees. It results in the team becoming overworked and stressed out, which leads to an increase in mistakes. Overworked employees are also less willing to go the extra mile when you need them the most.
- Demanding immediate results –When you’re implementing a new strategy for improving processes, productivity, materials or operations, you want to see the results in effect as soon as possible to gauge whether the new approaches are effective. But remember, some things take time. Being impatient can do a lot of damage. What ends up happening is that your team will waste more time fixing mistakes they made because they were rushing the job in order to get it done sooner, or they weren’t able to take enough time to adjust to new procedures.
- Getting angry – People make mistakes. In the supply chain management discipline, mistakes can be costly and should be avoided or amended to prevent damage to materials or the overall process of productivity. But when they do occur, be sure to handle them competently and gracefully. Don’t yell or be overly aggressive every time a mistake is made. Yes, you should address the issue and the team member who has erred. But, if you’re overly hostile when they make a mistake, they are going to be afraid to speak to you about problems or new ideas, which could end up hurting you in the long run.
- Becoming jealous – Team leaders sometimes become competitive when success is results-driven, but getting jealous of the success of other teams can create a turf war mentality and dirty politics, which ends up causing the workplace to become unproductive and miserable. A good leader focuses on making their team succeed, not on comparing their results with other departments. Remember, you’re all working toward the same goal: the success of your company!
- Becoming lazy –Some leaders are all talk and no action. They believe team meetings where employees listen to them speak are productive even if they have no goal. Keep your meetings short and make agendas to ensure productivity. Remember to actively work toward new strategies and team goals to drive productivity, customer satisfaction and employee morale.