Being a good leader isn’t about big, grand gestures. To lead your team effectively, you need to motivate them and keep them on side. A few simple, consistent day to day actions can work wonders in achieving this objective.
Here are seven small things good leaders do:
They Praise Their Team
When we’re praised for something we’ve done, we feel good. And when something makes us feel good, we try to repeat it. Keep your team motivated by celebrating their efforts and their achievements. And it doesn’t have to be an all-expenses-paid slap-up dinner. Just a few words of praise, perhaps in front of others, will work wonders for your team’s productivity and drive.
They Get to Know Their Team
A leader who stays aloof from their team won’t be able to manage them effectively. While you need to maintain a professional distance, getting to know your team – their ambitions, their strengths and their weaknesses – will help you to assign tasks better. It will also help you to understand what motivates them and put those things in place. Understanding a little about their home lives will also help you to be empathetic about their work-life balance.
They Take the Blame
No one likes a leader who passes the buck in the face of failure. Good leaders admit and accept their own mistakes and will take the collective blame for a team mistake. They will also have the strength and resilience to help their team learn from that mistake and move forward.
They Create an Inspiring Workspace
A workspace needs to be fit for purpose. Comfortable desk chairs, natural light and a little bit of greenery have a positive effect on employee mood. So does a clean and tidy office. A cluttered space does nothing to boost creativity or motivation. Make sure the office is thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis and find space for all of that equipment you rarely use. Find storage space on a sharing community site like Spacer and free up some extra work space.
They Delegate the Good Jobs
A boss who shifts all their unwanted tasks onto people further down the pecking order won’t win respect. And it’s not great for team development either. Delegate jobs that allow your team to work on and improve their skills. They’ll approach these tasks with much more energy and hopefully learn something in the process too, which makes further delegation that bit more manageable.
They Share Their Thoughts
Transparent leaders are held in greater esteem by their employees. When you’re upfront about company goals and share the shareable information you have, you help to focus your team on the overarching objectives of the company. This works in their interest as well as yours. They feel more invested in the work they’re doing, and you get better productivity across the team.
They Lead by Example
Every day, good leaders set an excellent example for their employees. They don’t ask them to do anything they wouldn’t be happy doing themselves. They behave professionally, treat everyone equally and try to maintain a positive outlook. Setting a good example will help your team to follow in your footsteps and work well as a whole.
Being a good leader doesn’t necessarily come naturally. For some, it takes some practice. You need to keep developing your own skills as well as those of your team. But remember that the small things can make a big difference. If you want to motivate your team and get them invested in the task at hand, incorporate these.