There are many plenty of measures you can take that can help you ensure that you don’t end up a David Brent type leader in the workplace.
In part 1, we looked at how setting the right example, taking responsibility for your actions and constant development of your leadership skills can all help you become a good leader.
In this second and final part we look at a further 5 factors which will help you become the best leader you can be.
Good leader: 6) Positive Attitude
A positive environment is more likely to create a more engaged and productive workforce. And by displaying enthusiasm and confidence, a good leader will understand the impact that they can have on this working environment.
Obviously it isn’t always possible to have a positive attitude towards every task that a leader is likely to tackle. But the more negativity you can keep from impacting your workforce, the more likely you are to see positive results.
Good leader: 7) Keep your team informed
I’ve worked in larger organisations in the past where the communication network has been quite poor and information would spread to various parts of the business at different times. Your team will look to you to keep you informed at all times, so try to keep abreast with everything happening in your business and in your sector.
You will then be in a position to cascade that information down to your team who will hopefully appreciate your efforts.
Good leader: 8) Get to know your team
David Brent, the loveable boss from BBC’s The Office, wanted to be everybody’s chum. His management style was to be an entertainer, the office clown if you like. Unfortunately, this management tactic saw everybody quickly lose respect for him and he was unable to manage himself, let alone a team.
Management dictates that you have a degree of separation from your team. And you should always bear in mind that your team will be made up of individuals who have different outlooks and abilities and will be at different stages of their careers. Therefore it is vital to understand what makes them tick and to remember that what motivates one, won’t necessarily motivate another.
Good leader: 9) Don’t be afraid to delegate
One of the key skills a team manager has to quickly learn is the importance of delegation. As a young manager I foolishly believed that the way to demonstrate good management was to try to tackle every task myself, often leaving my team scratching around for things to do.
But you can achieve so much more if you utilise the team you have with you. Successful delegation begins by matching people with tasks. And if there are gaps in team member’s skill sets, a good leader will quickly be able to identify and manage these gaps.
Good leader: 10) Ensure that tasks are understood, supervised and competed
Before you delegate a task to anyone in your team, it is vital that you understand what is involved in the task and what a satisfactory outcome will look like.
If your team come to you asking questions about the task, try to ensure you are armed with the answers. By not having the necessary information to hand, you could lose respect from certain team members in your team.
Good leader: Summary
If you can demonstrate to somebody recruiting that you possess all the attributes in this article, then you will be a valuable addition to any business.
At the end of the day, people want to led by those they respect and with who have a clear sense of direction for the business.
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