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HUB-Supply Chain Supply Chain Industry Updates

Now’s the Time to Work on Your Leadership Skills


You could probably make the argument that the 21st century didn’t really begin for supply chains until March 2020, when it became clear the pandemic was upending long-established practices and assumptions. The question then becomes, how do you operate in this new environment?

That will take leadership, and a recent blog argues supply chain managers need to step up their skills to help make their organizations successful in this new era. “Long term, [supply chain challenges] require exemplary and strong leadership, a strength in leadership that can encourage top performance from all those around them,” the blog said. “In turn, leaders cannot be merely managers; they must meet the day-to-day challenges of managing the function whilst at the same time envisaging future demands.”

The blog recommends supply chain professionals work on developing these best practices:

  • Sharpen your decision-making skills.
  • Embrace technology.
  • Develop “exceptional” people skills.
  • Become an effective change agent.

“As the supply chain management sphere of influence continues to touch new parts of the organization, leaders will need to learn to collaborate, communicate and command a large group of stakeholders,” noted the blog, which appeared on Business 2 Community. “Take the time to learn the core values, strengths and interests of your partners and stakeholders, integrating these into your own leadership practices.”