Every company has a form of management in place, but unfortunately, not every company has the presence of good leadership. Here are just a few ways that you can establish yourself as a leader and inspire your team in the workplace.
Build your Team
Your team is only as good as the individuals involved; therefore there needs to be an emphasis on seeking ways to better each member and help them improve the skills related to their performance.
As a leader, one of your priorities should be to discern the needs of your team; this can be achieved through effective, on-going communication. This type of communication can either be through informal day-to-day interactions, or by holding meetings and in-depth appraisals. The important thing however, is that you speak with your team members and not at them.
From here, weaknesses can be identified and the appropriate training can be provided.
A company’s Chief Financial Officer asks the Chief Executive Officer: “What happens if we invest in developing our people and then they leave us?”
Chief Executive Officer replies: “What happens if we don’t and they stay?”
Successful companies are often those who do not shy away from making the financial commitment necessary to turn their employees into future leaders.
Walk the talk
When you are recognised as a leader, people immediately begin to take note of what you do, and how you do it. The purpose of such scrutiny is so that one may emulate you or dismiss you as a leader.
Leaders who unfailingly lead by example successfully build trust and gain loyalty from those around them; and even more so when they deter from delegating tasks they themselves would be uncomfortable doing. This demonstrates admirable qualities that prove profitable when building meaningful work relationships.
Employees who are encouraged to be independent and think for themselves have a greater sense of ownership over their work, which contributes to their development and higher level of job satisfaction.
Micro-management can be suffocating and could cause a team to become rebellious and resentful. Therefore, it important to stress that there are also risks attached to giving people too much freedom. A balance between the two should be established by taking into consideration the company’s values and the nature of the work that is being completed.
To lead others, you need to know exactly where you are leading them to.
When in a position of leadership, you become accountable for the people under you; this responsibility should provoke vigilance to help you mould strategies in-line with any changes or upcoming challenges. If a leader can look ahead and foresee a potential challenge, they are able to take charge and overcome.
The importance of sound communication is once again emphasised. Whilst looking forward, you should constantly be relaying back to your team what is going on, to enable them to successfully journey towards the company’s vision with you.
It is a shame when those in management use their power in a way that resembles a dictatorship (consciously or subconsciously), and this can be avoided by simply being nice.
We are all human – so when someone makes a mistake, try and be there to offer them support and reassurance. When you demonstrate characteristics such as this, your employees will find it easy to respect you, and they will not hesitate to take pride in having you as their leader.