We must remember that people are humans with all their good and bad. To make an impact with your team and to create a long-lasting, trustworthy relationship, you need to remember to show your human side.
You need to relate to them, to get to know them on a personal level. Do not treat them just like part of the furniture. If you show them understanding and compassion, they will certainly admire you and respect you and will treat you the same way in return.
2. Be a team player
Be part of your team by being one of them. Get your hands dirty, do the work and show your side the behaviour that you want them to adopt.
Employees tend to follow and copy what they see in their leader. If you want them to complete their work on time, do so yourself as well.
Leaders cannot expect work to be handed in on time when they do not respect deadlines themselves in the first place.
Commit to doing the right thing. You can help your employees if required, and this would be a way to show them support for each other and to build a strong team.
3. Inspire commitment and motivation
Leaders can encourage loyalty and commitment by knowing what motivates their people and by taking the appropriate actions with each individual.
As a leader, you can achieve your goal of inspiring commitment by:
Recognising and rewarding employees.
Sharing a clear vision and connecting it to each employee’s role.
Expecting high standards from everyone.
Recognising, rewarding and celebrating success.
4. Self-awareness and self-management
These two skills can unite as one, and they are probably the most critical skills a leader should have.
When leaders are aware of their strengths and weaknesses and of their ability to manage themselves, they can easily give feedback to others, set clear expectations and manage and motivate staff.
As a leader, you need to strengthen these two skills first to be able to lead more effectively and create a better impact on your staff and the business itself.
Your team is formed by human beings that are investing their time and efforts into a project you are leading.
As a leader, you need to help them find meaning in their work to engage them in better ways. For example, if you want to develop some changes, help them to find a reason for the change.
To summarise, being is a leader is all about getting the most out of your team while maintaining a lively group of people.
This achievement can only get accomplished if you can apply yourself to the role and make more than a few changes to how you usually operate alone and with people.
Foster healthy competition within the team. Creating this environment is easier said than done because if you aren’t careful, this will result in members going incommunicado with their team and sometimes even you.
A lot of people make the mistake of putting their ego ahead of their group with disastrous results. This mistake causes your team to lose faith in your abilities, and they will generally start distrusting you. Being open is the key to get the most out of your organisation.
Dealing with problems that affect the entire team shouldn’t be isolated to just a one-on-one discussion; instead, involve the whole team. This method will give the entire team and you a common platform from which creative ideas can surface.
And finally, give your team their due. When they accomplish something, make sure that you acknowledge it and if it’s significant, even celebrate it! Recognition is a powerful tool, and you can get people inspired and encourage them to give their best.
Be honest with yourself about your abilities and limits as well what your team is capable of. This will let you avoid stressful situations at work.
Hopefully, this has given you some insights into how to build upon your leadership skills. Do let us know if you have more tips you can add on to this!