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Issue 3 – September 2022: Positive Leaders Empower People to Accomplish their Goals

A central role of leaders is to create an environment in which people can thrive and give their best performance. More than ever, this includes a positive culture that empowers employees and helps them grow. Great leaders know that aligning the personal goals of their team members with those of the organization can be beneficial in many ways. Employees are more motivated and have a better work–life balance and greater job satisfaction, leading to better retention of talent.

Positive Leaders Empower People to Accomplish their Goals

A central role of leaders is to create an environment in which people can thrive and give their best performance. More than ever, this includes a positive culture that empowers employees and helps them grow. Great leaders know that aligning the personal goals of their team members with those of the organization can be beneficial in many ways. Employees are more motivated and have a better work–life balance and greater job satisfaction, leading to better retention of talent.

This issue of the IEEE TEMS Leadership BRIEFS provides insights into empowering leadership. As the “War for Talent” becomes ever more urgent, upskilling the workforce can be a solution for both retaining staff and attracting new talent. In his Leadership BRIEF, Jolly Wong shows how upskilling provides employees with learning and development opportunities that expand their horizons while minimizing their skills gaps. Tariq Samad explains how control theory can support managers in their decision-making in complex dynamical situations through leveraging the analogy between system models and mental models. As our work and non-work selves become increasingly integrated, some of us never truly disconnect. Mark Wehde in his Leadership BRIEF shares useful tips for how we can navigate this world and rebalance our lives between self, work, family, and friends.

The TEMS Leadership BRIEFS are a free membership benefit for all TEMS members. If you would like to contribute to the IEEE TEMS Leadership BRIEFS please find more information here. I do hope this issue of the IEEE TEMS Leadership BRIEFS provides you with new ideas and actionable insights. Become a positive and empowering leader. It’s you who can make the change.

Sabine Baumann, Editor-in-Chief

In this Issue

Jolly Wong – Start In-house to Capture Top Talent

The “War for Talent” is not a new phenomenon, but the situation has become ever more urgent with an aging population and decreasing birthrates. This Leadership BRIEF investigates upskilling the workforce as a solution for both retaining staff and attracting new talent. Upskilling provides employees with learning and development opportunities to expand their horizons while minimizing skills gaps.

Tariq Samad – Managerial Decision Making: Insights from Control Theory

Control theory has developed a body of knowledge that has resulted in remarkable accomplishments with complex dynamical systems. This Leadership BRIEF showcases how the concepts of control theory can support managers in their decision making through leveraging the analogy between system models and mental models and ensuing insights from control.

Mark Wehde – Finding your Zen in Work and in Life

In many organizations, it is now almost impossible to disconnect from work during evenings, weekends, and even vacations. This integration of our work and non-work selves allows flexibility to do our work when it needs doing, but also has a dark side as some of us never truly disconnect. This Leadership BRIEF shares useful tips into how we can navigate this world and rebalance our lives between self, work, family and friends.

About the author

Sabine Baumann

About the Editor
Sabine Baumann is an award-winning and internationally recognized Professor of Management and Industrial Engineering, Scientific Director, Consultant, Author, Editor and Speaker. Her consulting and research areas are all interdisciplinary, involving either changes in business models due to new technologies or the strategic exploitation of platforms and digital business ecosystems. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prof-dr-sabine-baumann-554a10b5/. Website: http://baumann.faculty.jade-hs.de/.

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