People and Leaders in Industry 4.0 Part II The first part of our series focused on leaders and their leadership skills. As Mr Mohelník, CEO at Ferrit said, it is important for leaders to develop the potential of their employees. But how can they tell the true potential of the people? How to develop it? What exactly is the aim of such development? Who are the teachers and instructors in the process of development? People seldom know their very own potential. They are unsure of what their talents, best skills and abilities are, and how to use them best at work. Leaders may help them discover their true extraordinary features via professional and development targets, through collaboration and new projects. This is where people demonstrate what their unique qualities are, and how far they can go over their limits.
“byTeachers must not be like milestones the road showing the way, yet not moving anywhere themselves. John Amos Comenius
A leader must be able to connect a talent with key competences. The introduction of Industry 4.0 not only involves IT and other professional competencies but also communication, social and organizational competencies. Team and project work in multicultural and virtual groups is extremely important. That also requires language skills on a high level. People must be capable of a quick response to a challenge, capable of independent, flexible and responsible work, capable of creativity, reliability, discipline and taking an understanding of the context and circumstances. There are various and individual ways to develop each of these competencies. Yet they do have something in common, and that is the aim of the development. An understanding of what must be achieved in the given competence and why. Understanding of the sense of the development is the elementary prerequisite to a motivated approach. A leader is, for employees, the foundation, support on the way to development. A leader is also the teacher
who keeps learning too, and such an example inspires others. Petra Klementová, HR Manager at Ferrit, has been developing throughout all her career. She creates the environment in the company which motivates employees to grow. I asked her: What do you see as key competences of employees at Ferrit? I see the managerial competenceis as clear number one. Managerial skills, the ability to lead their departments and efficiently organize their people considerably shape their success. How does Ferrit develop these competencies? In early 2018 we radically renewed our top management, focusing their development on team building and management styles. We combine various methods of education: workshops, trainings and individual coaching. In the coming year we intend to involve everyone, from managers at other levels in the hierarchy to foremen at individual workshops, in this system of personal development. At the same time, our people are getting involved in strategic projects developing collaboration within our company. How do you enhance your personal development in the position of HR Manager? Besides the aforementioned, I attend conferences on HR at our company, and I enjoy discussions at round tables with HR specialists where we share our practical experience. I am inspired by successful leaders and books with real stories from businesses.
Text a foto: Radka Šušková, New Dimension, s.r.o.
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