Leaders, we can all think of many and all industries are not in short supply of them by any means, but great leaders are hard to come by. Great leaders are exceptional human beings with visions larger than life that are able to create or influence their organization or team to achieve the unimaginable. Steve Jobs, and Elon Musk would probably be my top two greatest leaders of the 20th/21st century. Who was an important leader for you in your career? What made them a leader to you?
Leadership is something that comes naturally in an individual and is something that cannot be taught. The idea of leadership can only be strengthened over time through experience. Different situations that you are put regardless of whether they are in your personal or professional life influence your character and your ability to lead people.
A leader is an individual that harnesses the power of influence and motivation. A leader is one that inspires their team to success to matter the challenges that exist ahead. Without leadership, there would be no guidance for organizations. Organizations are changing in modern business from the traditional top down management hierarchy to more of a horizontal management approach. What this means is that rather than an organization relying on top level executives to create the strategy or plans for the company, the organization instead willingly receives information from all levels of management include the front lines to formulate a more effective and efficient organization and appeals in a greater way to their customers. This leads to a larger competitive advantage and the development of a larger talent pool.
There are three simple ways that a leader can inspire and motivate their teams and it’s all about common sense. But before, think when you were moving up the promotion tree, what did your leaders or managers do that you appreciated that made you want to get involved and what did they do that you didn’t like? Feel free to reply your answers in the comment sections! This creates health dissuasion that can influence creative thinking. Remember we are all about growth at Manager Mint!
The 3 steps are as follows
Modeling the behaviors your seek from your team members. Let’s elaborate. Leaders are the role models for their teams or organizations. They are never above or below their staff members and should be treated as equals. By modeling the behaviors and portraying the demeanor of how your want your team to act, your are setting the precedent on how to act and the standards of conducting business. If you want employees for example to pick up trash, even when no one else is around, then you should do the same and your team should expect the same from you. If you model the correct behavior for your team and hold them accountable for doing the same, you will develop a closer knit team of exceptional quality.
Connect with those around you and with those that you lead. Connecting with your team is on the most important things you can do to motivate and lead your team. Getting to know who you employ and what makes them unique, their strengths and weaknesses and what they are passionate about shows your staff that your care about them. This will allow you, furthermore as a leader, to play on their strengths and uniqueness to increase their performance without negatively impacting their moral. If they like what they do and they know you care about the quality of their work and more importantly themselves, your team will follow you into battle anywhere anytime.
Involve your people anywhere and anyway you can. First rule here is that if you think your the only one that exists with good ideas your wrong. Second rule, the greatest ideas come from involving your team through collaboration. Your people will never grow unless you involve them in projects, teach them new things or teach them to involve others the self. People want to know that their opinion matters and it is not just thrown to the wayside. A great way to involve your team in a project is to first discuss your vision or the direction of how the project should go, then ask for their input. Or start a project, coach your team member on what you were working or how you got started then ask them to finish the rest. Check on their progress and coach them on the final result. If it didn’t meet your expectations then positively coach your team into why and how to achieve the desired result and have them try again. This develops a greater bond between you the leader and your team member the pupil.