Welcome People Orientation!

The New World of Work focuses on people, which is exactly why you should constantly work on your people orientation skills. Whether you are an employee or a leader, you have control over how you act within a team and how you think and act in a people-oriented way.


What we mean by competencies and skills in our 21st Century Skill Model, you can read here


People Orientation – because people matter

“It’s 2022, of course the focus is on people.” You may wonder why we defined People Orientation as one of the seven core competencies when it’s so obvious. That’s because there’s another component in the professional context: Task Orientation. As the name suggests, Task Orientation focuses on tasks – not people. But if you are a people-oriented person, your attention is increasingly focused on your fellow human beings.

In companies that strongly focus on People Orientation, everything is about the satisfaction and well-being of the people involved. The even more essential aspect, however, is to transform every individual into valued partners of the company that play their part in the big picture. This is usually done by developing meaningful relationships and creating a productive work environment. Now, the question that arises is how to do this. With our three skills, of course: “delegate”, “build teams” and “be a coach and mentor”. 


3 skills to strengthen your People Orientation

“be a coach and mentor”

With the skill “be a coach and mentor”, you turn your back on the classic managerial image and focus more on people, their strengths and needs. You exemplify an open feedback culture, are appreciative, respectful and show trust in your fellow human beings – this is exactly what makes you a role model for others, especially as a leader. With your interest in the further development of the team, your cooperation and culture will not only improve continuously, but also sustainably.

 “build teams”

Not every random bunch of people in a company is automatically a team and pulls together to achieve the company’s goals. Therefore, it’s necessary to form a real team out of the individuals and to continuously develop and strengthen it. Teams need diversity but also a shared ability to recognize what needs to be done to improve.


Development also means recognizing which tasks and activities correspond to everyone’s respective strengths while, at the same time, accepting the challenge of continuous change on a professional and personal level. If strengths, talents, potentials but also weaknesses are recognized and correctly assessed, tasks will be ideally distributed in the team, i.e. delegated. Effective delegation creates relief on the one hand, on the other hand it increases efficiency and motivates the team. 


With your People Orientation, you ensure that you consciously perceive and develop people – whether as a coach / mentor, within the team or through purposeful, strength-based task allocation. 

Source: Leaders21.com