The leading entrepreneur changes his role in the company and becomes a weaver of balance and relationships in an increasingly challenging “remote” management of the teams.
According to the latest Market Watch PMI from Banca Ifis, carried out in collaboration with Format Research, on a representative sample of over 500 Italian SMEs, one out of two SMEs believes that leadership is crucial in the efficient management of work groups. For 61% of Small and Medium Enterprises a leader, first of all, must know how to motivate; then be able to schedule work (45%) then demonstrate ability to problem solving (36%). Empathy and integrity (both 12% of preferences) and above all vision, an intrinsic characteristic but identified only by 7% of the sample, now appear almost secondary.
The size of the company affects the organization
The size of the company is not secondary: for companies with more than 50 employees, clarity and the level of delegation are essential.
In fact, almost 90% of large SMEs have a clear and defined organization, as many as 78% of companies count on leaders ready to delegate.
Among the main criticalities that companies, regardless of size and sector of activity, detect on the management front are: the difficulty in motivating group members (19%), the relationship with difficult elements (16%), conflict management and information flows (both at 15%). This is followed by a lack of common vision, a lack of commitment, a lack of teamwork, and the difficulty in monitoring the performance of individuals.
Leadership for Banca Ifis
Team management and motivation has never been as important as in the midst of the pandemic emergency. And with the first and stricter lockdown regime and 97% of the company population in smart working, Banca Ifis immediately put in place an original training course, “Ifis Restart”, to accompany managers and teams towards the new normality of work from remote. Ifis Restart has provided both webinars for reading / managing emotions and relationships, and 35 video pills, viewed by over 1,700 employees, to simulate typical situations of work from home in an ironic and fresh tone. In 2021, the training project was renewed with a focus on remote networking and al remote engagement. The 2020 lockdown marked a historic moment of transition also towards new management models: for this reason the Bank has chosen to join the collective project LFactor: a training course on leadership in its universal value, to help today’s managers become the new leaders of tomorrow.
Training: Entrepreneurs and Managers at Leadership School
Even SMEs are fully aware of the importance of leadership in the company for the achievement of objectives: 32% of the companies interviewed have in fact already organized or will organize special courses for top entrepreneurs, while 23% aim, by 2023, on the training of managerial leadership to improve the quality and efficiency of the working environment. Training is the primary path followed by most companies even when it comes to cultivating new skills in the company: 78% focus on
internal staff, while 22% look for new resources on the market (since it rises to 35% in fashion).
The levers to enhance employee engagement
The weight of employee engagement in corporate performance is recognized as very important by 47% of companies. The levers used by SMEs to improve the level of employee involvement with respect to company objectives are greater listening to the needs of individual collaborators (60%), the promotion of teamwork (53%), the implementation of reward systems (46 %). Benefits such as subsidies on mortgages / loans (6%) and insurance plans (4%) play a more marginal role.