Leadership in Maintenance: how do you lead a team strategically?

Leaders have a strategic role in any company. Therefore, the right choice of a leader can make a big difference in company performance. Follow up to know more about it!


One of the main leaders’ goals is to make a company have a good work environment. This means that they must adopt initiatives to promote a coexistence based on mutual respect among employees. 

Certainly, a company needs employees who have a proper professional posture. In this way, activities can be done more collaboratively, avoiding misunderstandings as much as possible. In maintenance it isn’t different because department leaders can make a big difference in company performance. 

But how is doing this achievable for your business? Learn some tips in this article and see the importance of this professional for your company. Follow up!

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The importance of leadership in management

Leadership is about influencing people and getting them involved in reaching common goals. A leader must also be able to motivate the team. When a company has involved employees, the results tend to show continuous improvement. One of the reasons is that employees assimilate what the company expects of them. 

The right choice of a leader can make a big difference in company performance. Imagine a football team with skilled players, but who aren’t set to good use by the coach’s wrong decisions. 

It is huge the possibility of the team achieving results below expectations. This example shows that an intelligent leadership is essential for a company to be more competitive and active on the market. 


What makes a good maintenance leader?

You already know leader importance to the companies. However, it is important to highlight that performing leadership is a mission that requires a lot of effort and emotional intelligence.

In the case of maintenance management, the manager needs to show great technical and managerial skills. To do this, the ideal is to meet a series of requirements, for example:

  • To have a college degree in areas that is related to activity performed in company;
  • To have a technical and professional training in electrical and mechanical areas;
  • To have knowledge about all company industrial departments;
  • To present notions of aspects related to people management (hiring employees and training) and financial management (budget preparation and cost control);
  • To be focused on controlling equipment inventory for maintenance;
  • To know about processes related to workplace safety, which helps to avoid accidents.

However, the maintenance manager still needs to have behavioral skills. The most relevant are:

  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Focus on entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • Flexibility to adapt with changes and negotiate with the team;
  • Courage to accept challenges and take risks;
  • Initiative and communication skills;
  • Interest in sharing knowledge;
  • Creativity to make new actions;
  • Conditions to keep emotional self-control;
  • Skill to perform self-criticism and evaluate the mistakes and the achievements; 
  • Empathy to engage the team and have more motivated employees.

What does a maintenance leader do?

Leaders have a strategic role in any company. After all, they are responsible for spreading the corporative culture and manage the planning, to perform and follow up activities related to company maintenance and development. 

To better understand how leadership is relevant to business success, imagine that an organization intends to adopt a Quality Management System (QMS). In this case, managers need to initially assess whether the company is prepared to start the certification process.

It is also recommended to analyze the possibility that employees are committed to implement and maintain QMS. Leaders must motivate the team so that performance continues at a high level.

This attitude makes employees, customers and the market begin to see that the company wants to become a reference in the industry where it operates. This is because it will have better consolidated processes and offer products and services more focused on target audience satisfaction.

Having a participative and influential leadership is a crucial aspect for a company to be in harmony with market demands and with its employees. Otherwise, the company will not be able to succeed.


Leadership will always be an important aspect in the business world. No company will have properly associated and motivated employees if it does not have a leader with empathy and ability to transmit institution values and goals in the short, medium, and long term.

It is very important for a company to know how to identify employees with potential to hold management positions and, at the same time, have a positive influence on the team. 

It is not enough for a manager to have the ability to manage financial resources and to monitor the progress of services with intelligence.

Today, it is essential to have the ability to manage conflicts and get employees involved with the company’s goals. 

No matter how much competence and knowledge of the business employees have, integration of the institution’s values is an aspect that greatly influences performance.

In the case of a maintenance manager, professional technical capacity is very important, because it must be a technical reference for the team. 

However, management on services to achieve goals will only have the expected results if there is a good relationship and clear communication with employees.

Certainly, a leader must arrange technical knowledge with soft skills. In addition, you need to be humble to listen to the team and always seek continuous improvement. This is because a leadership can never be complacent and afraid to change.

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