Leda Csanka, technology consultant and coach, explains how communication, authenticity and transparency are the first steps in transforming the culture of the workplace.

A business or company is built around so much more than objectives, margins and profits. It’s built around people. However, when company-wide goals start to feel harder to achieve, a leader may have to look internally to mitigate the problem that’s holding the team back.

Leda Csanka, independent technology consultant and Certified Professional Coach, says increasing productivity, meeting deadlines and producing desired outcomes start with the same thing: Investing in your employees.

“When you shift your focus on achieving organizational objectives through developing the people themselves, you achieve more as a company than you ever thought possible.”

Csanka will be bringing more than three decades of experience in the technology and financial services industries to her Executive Session discussion at the Midsize Enterprise Summit Spring 2019 conference in Orlando this May.

Csanka spent 10 years of her career as a leader. In that time, she has learned that great leadership incorporates communication, transparency and authenticity. She says a great leader is a familiar, approachable figure in the workplace who doesn’t just share the end goal, but also the steps and expectations it will take to get there.

“Too many leaders are locked in their office writing or envisioning what the future looks like and the strategy and goals are,” says Csanka. “My experience has been that you step out of the office and become integrated with the people. Get in front of the team as much as possible, and share with them the details for the vision, the details of the strategy.”

Making yourself available to your employees and learning their personal goals and visions for the overall company will help them to feel invested, which inspires growth. Csanka suggests getting in front of the entire team at least twice a month to go over the path to project completion and take time to answer questions. Even if you don’t have an immediate solution to an issue, be open about it.

“You have to be yourself and you have to get in front of people. You can’t be plastic. You have to truly be authentic.”

When employees feel encouraged to contribute their thoughts to the process, they feel more like assets and less like resources. Only then, Csanka says, will individuals transform into a cohesive team.

“They bring the best of themselves to work every day, and it creates an upward spiral of momentum that everyone in the organization just builds on.”