Do you think you are a good leader?
Do you think you can lead your company to a brighter and optimistic future?
If your answer is yes, then you must be really confident that you are doing a very good job. But look around you. Is your point of view in line with the people that work for you?
Be honest with yourself.
If you think that there is something amiss about the picture that you are looking at regarding your employees, then you should consider what I am about to share with you.
But before that, you should keep in mind that a good leader is:
Those may be a lot of requirements to boot with but that is just what it takes to be a true leader, one who is willing to stand bravely in the face of any challenges that come his way.
But being a leader is not just about you and yourself. Being a leader is about people that surround you. They are the ones whom you are going to lead and they need someone who can understand them as individuals. Remember that your company will depend on them and their ability to maintain quality business for your trade.
Remember these things the next time you go inside your company and work with your people.
1. Make time for them.
Each time you talk to them, talk to them with sincere eyes and ears. Do not just pretend to care.
The company is only as good as the people that run it. So if there are concerns that they want to talk to you about, give your attention to them. May it be a professional or personal matter; you should understand and know what goes on inside their head.
Also, take some time to spend some quality conversation with them. Make them feel that you are treating them not just a working asset but as a fellow human being. This way, they will develop some form of loyalty to you and to the company.
You do not have to be too close or too intimate, just some connection and certain understanding will do.
2. Give them freedom about their jobs.
It is said that one of the best motivation to a person is having the sense of being in control.
It is alright to worry about your employee’s output. But meddling and doubting their capabilities in their faces won’t help you get what you want. Maybe it proved to be effective once, but being constantly on their neck will just give them too much pressure.
We all long for autonomy every now and then. That freedom from being controlled by the outside forces is something that we unconsciously need to be confident in what we do.
If you cannot trust your employees, you might as well fire them. Replace them with the ones that you can be confident with. Do not burden yourself with incompetence.
3. Be goal-oriented.
A business has goals. But the question is, do your employees know the exact definition of your goal?
It is cool that they already understand perfectly their role in the company. But wouldn’t it be better if they also know where you are leading them to? Wouldn’t it be better if they are aware of your target quota every day or weekly?
Like every other giant and successful companies, you should always make it a point to have a little pep talk with your staff before they start working. It is a simple gathering that will remind them of what to do aside from their designated task.
It will make them feel a part of the company’s ups and downs. Making them feel that the company will succeed if they give their best. Make them feel that their part is as important as everybody else’s.
Having to go from office to office to get approval for a load of paperwork can be a hassle for any individual. Making it 20 times a day can make it counterproductive when you evaluate it by time.
Not to mention that your employee has already a handful of things to do aside from that approval.
What you should do is give them some authority to make crucial decisions every now and then. It can be for little stuff that does not involve too much power and stake. Let them know that you trust them enough to make some decisions for the company.
This way, you will have their loyalty and can keep them motivated at the same time.
5. Be open to their opinions and suggestions.
Remember that your employees work at the same company as you. That means that they have an idea about how things work internally which ultimately leads to the fact that they probably have some ideas that can help the company get more productivity.
Be open to suggestions when an employee offers one. Do not be so quick to throw it out the windows without ever considering the thought of it. You will never know when a silly idea can actually make the biggest difference you can only dream of.
6. Do not be so stiff.
And by stiff I mean, do not be too strict or overbearingly serious. We all know that running a company is a serious business but that does not mean that you will have to be an unbearably by-the-book-kind-of-boss.
Yes, products and services must be delivered and money must be made but beyond that, remember that you have people who are working hard to make it all happen.
Create a working environment that makes your employees want to stay and not look for a reason to call in sick or feel hasty and eager to come home. It is important to work hard but so is playing hard.
The saying “All work and no play makes John a dull boy” means a good ton of something valuable. A positive workplace will get a positive output.
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