Coaching for leadership promotes the individual and collective experience that work provides an opportunity to learn and succeed. Clearly and jointly assigned objectives provide a basis and common direction for action that accordingly encourages the flow of work. It is essential for work shifts and staff to have a say and decide how objectives can be realised. Mutual trust, fair play and respect for people are fundamental requirements for smooth collaboration and effective teamwork.
It is also important to realise that the role of management must evolve to support the success of staff. Progressing as a leader is a matter of both personal development and promoting the development of others through positive challenges.
The long-term objective is for staff and management to establish a culture centred on leadership of internal motivation. If this mentality guides management choices, then production and quality objectives can also be achieved and even exceeded, while fostering an inimitable competitive edge that is not based merely on superior hardware, but on continual learning and everyday improvement of customer-oriented operations at all levels of the production plant.
The mills of the future format deployed at Metsä Fibre is a good example of innovative organization and leadership that emphasizes regenerative learning, appreciation of inner motivation and its application in leadership. This stresses that the entire staff must understand the customer-oriented value chain and the structure of value creation, enabling a methodical culture of experimentation in which focused and systematic development of practices are a duty and opportunity for everyone. The customer will experience this in the form of an increasingly valuable service portfolio, new innovations, responsible operation and – above all – as a dependable partnership.
Autonomy is not an end in itself, but a way of making work more satisfying and productive. The path of reform stretches before us. There is no end to leadership – only regeneration of its essence…
Jari Tuulenmäki, CEO, Wise/Lean Oy