It doesn’t matter which business function we are examining, leadership will always be a crucial aspect to the success of an operation. With that in mind, we have to turn an eye to one of the most important areas of any successful business and that is their logistic operations. If leadership, in general, is important, just imagine that importance being exponentially enhanced when it comes to an aspect that constitutes the backbone of any successful organization. Logistics and supply chain operations truly are the one aspect that can give a business a competitive advantage in handled correctly or completely ruin it not properly managed, hence the value of outstanding leadership as the most significant asset of the supply chain.
We often engage in topics that deal with leadership and the strategies, tips, advice, and practices that we recommend here at David Kiger’s Blog, in order to help you become a better leader or to instill the need in your team to strive to be better at being in charge. Today we want to apply that knowledge to the area of logistics and the management of the supply chain, since these important areas of the organization will always be in dire need of a person who is able to take charge, make tough decisions and always able to anticipate the needs of the customer, the team and the organization in general.
Focusing on the supply chain and understanding its immense important is a practice that we can rightly consider relatively new. Today we are seeing that companies are learning lessons from giants that are successful due to their supply chain and how they manage logistic operations. Understanding the importance of the supply chain is only the beginning, from there you have to focus on choosing the right leaders or training them if you have to, but how do you evaluate who is right for the job and has what it takes to take charge of such crucial component of the business?
Understanding the importance of the supply chain is only the beginning, from there you have to focus on choosing the right leaders or training them if you have to, but how do you evaluate who is right for the job and has what it takes to take charge of such crucial component of the business?
To get started, you have to work with a person who understands that a logistics department cannot operate aside from everything else in the company and instead it has to be involved and informed of everything else that is going on and able to work together with all the other pieces of the pie. Great leaders are not only aware of their role within the broad picture of the supply chain, but also know that part of every day managing activities they have to consider the ability put in place reactionary contingencies.
Excellent leadership in logistics is not only focused on the skills that are specific to what it takes to organize and implement complex operations, but also the abilities that a leader must have in order to succeed in all areas, like possessing core competencies like quantitative analysis and great communication skills. They must also be versed in the way that the company works at all levels and the way other companies and the market operates in general. Understanding international laws and regulations that affect logistics globally has become extremely important, something that was not so relevant 15 or 20 years ago.
Something else for companies to keep in mind is to train leaders and teams on the role that new technologies represent in today’s world of logistics. New technologies are creating trends that require personnel to learn a new skill and be as flexible as ever in adopting these new approaches to the employment of supply chain solutions. The extent to which technology is influencing logistics cannot be underestimated and those company who do will see the consequences of those mistakes almost immediately. The best way to absorb these technologies and to make it part of the way you conduct business is to have leaders who are trained and adaptable in order to change according to what the situation demands. The truth of the matter is, a great leader in logistics has to go beyond the apparent limitations dictated by their profession and understand that they are supposed to exist beyond those imposed boundaries and rise up to the challenges displayed by the world of logistics on a daily basis.
Leaders in logistics are no different that in order areas when it comes to what is expected of them. A leader must be able to transmit the vision of the company and always influence their employees to work towards those goals with a deadline in mind. Leaders are agents of change and the one thing they have in common is that they are in the forefront of the aspect of the business that deals with transformation and evolution.
The integrity, empowerment, and commitment to inspire and motivate go without saying, as leaders convey passion with everything they do and the attention to detail that a great leader has is one of the most important assets a company can count on when it comes to running a smooth and efficient supply chain.
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