Are you so consumed with being a “boss” that you forget about how you’re leading employees on a day-to-day basis? Managers who regularly reassess their leadership style will be most successful at managing their workers effectively to meet business goals. To foster productivity, morale and high-quality relationships among your team, your ability to lead most go beyond simply telling employees what to do or not do. Learning and implementing positive leadership practices in your workplace will improve your ability to manage, while bringing out the best in everybody on your team.
Here are some leadership tips to keep in mind as you develop as a manager.
Invest in Your Relationships
True leadership is founded by building meaningful relationships with others, especially your employees. The most accomplished managers are those who foster a workplace in which every member of their team feels connected and valued for his or her individual contributions. This means treating every employee with the upmost respect, while also guiding them in the right direction if they go astray.
Placing an emphasis on relationship-building rather than delegation is instrumental in enabling employees to capitalize on their strengths and improve on their weaknesses. This practice is also directly connected to high employee retention, as employees who feel valued for their work will be less likely to leave your organization.
Encourage Teamwork and Collaboration
Employees who feel disconnected at their jobs are often those who work in silos with little interaction with co-workers. When managing any team, communication should not be a one-way street between you and your workers. Encouraging regular collaboration and teamwork in the workplace engages every employee in the decision-making process, unifying your team and paving the way for new insights and perspectives that allow for growth and innovation. This is a win-win for your business as it also allows your employees to continually improve their skills, as they’ll be learning from their peers in a team-oriented setting.
Hold Yourself Accountable
What truly separates a typical “boss” from a “leader” is the ability to take accountability for one’s actions and admit wrongdoings. Even though you’re considered the authority figure for your team, presenting yourself as perfect will instantly cause you to lose respect from your employees. No manager is flawless. Being honest with yourself and those you manage is essential to holding yourself accountable for your actions. Admitting when you’re wrong and taking responsibility for your misjudgments will be a positive reflection on your character and set the right example for your employees.
Leading your team with the right mindset goes a long way when it comes to motivating your team and keeping them engaged at work. Do you need to grow your workforce to meet increasing demands? Develop a staffing partnership with Durham Staffing, a temporary employment agency based in Buffalo, NY, and grow your workforce with us.