Great leaders know that effective leadership can be simple, but you must constantly and consistently put the 15 tips listed below into practice all the time. By doing these, you can keep a motivated and happy workforce for years to come, thus enabling your business to reap the rewards of this stability.
1. Be humane
Never forget that you are managing real people, with their own struggles and stories.
2. Learn to manage
A good leader needs to read books about management, psychology, the structure of thinking, hiring people, negotiations, marketing, project management and economics.
3. Understand what you are managing
Authority can only be won by expertise. You have to understand the things you manage, and this applies to leaders at any level. Without an understanding of what you manage, you will not be able to properly assess the timing, risks or costs.
4. Admit your own and others' mistakes
You won’t deceive anyone by trying to dodge the bullet. And even more so, you will immediately lose your authority within the team. Public recognition of your faults has a truly magical effect. The team will gain a clear understanding that it is not scary to make mistakes.
5. Let the person correct their own mistake
There's no need to show how "genius" you are at the cost of exposing one of the employees in a bad light. Instead, it is better to write to that person directly and tell them where they made a mistake.
6. Protect your people
You have to be the shield that takes all the impact. If someone wants to criticize your employees, let them do it to you, and you will figure out what to do within your company.
7. Be honest and talk about the future
Always say it like it is. The team should be aware of what is happening to the company and it is better if they learn it from you.
8. Within the team, everyone should have a fair salary
Sometimes you can't make an employee's salary the highest on the market. There will always be a company that pays more and a person who earns more. But people need to see that for your company their salary is fair, so they feel like they have enough value for you and your company.
9. Take all the blame
As a leader, you are responsible for everything that happens. Once there's a mistake, you have to take all the blame, and only after that can you decide what you need to do internally within the team.
10. Trust your employees
Your employees are highly paid specialists, whom you hired because of their knowledge and skills — so trust them. No need to double-check their work and no need to micromanage what they do.
11. The team must be able to work without you
Making yourself irreplaceable feels great, but it doesn’t lead to great results. Processes should be built in such a way that the team can work without you and be perfectly fine.
12. The team should not have irreplaceable people
This is not just about you, it's about everyone. Try to rotate tasks so one more employee will understand how to complete that task and can try something new — a double benefit.
13. Respect boundaries
Do not claim the personal time and personal space of your employees. Vacation is a sacred time. If someone needs to regularly call a person on vacation — you did something wrong.
14. Collect feedback
Periodically ask the team what they like or dislike and what they would want to change. You can do it one on one, you can do it collectively or you can do it anonymously.
15. Keep in touch even after the employee leaves
If they are no longer in your company, this is not a reason to stop communicating, sometimes even the opposite. Try to keep in touch, it is possible that in the future you will need some of them once again.
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