The job of a leader is challenging, especially since it comes with the responsibility of success but also the well-being of the teams of people in the organization. Here are some tips on inspiring your team.
Don’t be bossy. Being a leader is different than being a boss. Any one can assign work and punish people who don’t complete it. Leadership requires a high level of responsibility and personal involvement in the projects one oversees. Leadership is more about influence than authority.
Make your team feel safe. No goal is protected entirely from failure. It can happen by chance or human error. Allow your team to feel safe failing with you. If something goes wrong don’t immediately blame the team or point fingers about specific mistakes.
Motivate and encourage people. Use positive and encouraging feedback. Help team members see that their ideas matter. Encourage them to develop their talents. Make sure to note when their work has improved or impresses you.
What does leadership mean exactly? The word can conjure many images in the mind.
A political leader. Someone chasing a cause they are passionate about or that is personal to them.
Someone exploring the unknown and the very new. Someone cutting a path through the metaphorical jungle to bring the rest of us along with them.
An executive, CEO or business owner developing their company, their strategies, products and services to beat out the competition.
Leaders are almost always helping themselves, but they cannot be a leader if they are not also helping others do the right things. They set the direction and tone. They build inspirational visions for people to get behind. They create something never before seen.
Leaders also need to be the compass and use their skills in guidance to help others reach the correct destination in a ethical and fair way.
A compelling vision provides the foundation for leadership. But it’s leaders’ ability to motivate and inspire people that helps them deliver that vision.
While leaders with a compelling vision provide the keystone for leadership, it is a leader’s ability to motivate people and inspire people that assist them in delivering that vision.
As an example: when you begin a new project, likely you will have lots of energy for it. This makes it easy to win support at first. It can be difficult to find ways to maintain your vision and that energy after that new project magic fades. Good leaders know this and they work hard continuously through the life of the project to help people with their needs and goals to keep the energy up.
To do this, leaders link two expectations. That hard work leads to good results and that good results lead to attractive rewards or incentives.
This motivates people to continue to work hard to achieve the goals and dreams they have for themselves.
What does it take to be considered an emerging leader? What are these people doing that sets them apart, not just in the eyes of their current leaders, but also their peers?
How do emerging leaders become viewed as such by their colleagues and superiors?
It isn’t about being a yes-person or company person or a thankless workhorse. It is about influence. It’s about doing things that make people feel good about the work when you are on the team.
They should choose to follow you, your advice and suggestions when offered. Better yet, become the kind of person from whom people seek suggestions and advice.
Influential employees identify problems, take them to people in power, offer practical, thoughtful solutions, note their own role in whatever mess needs mending, and offer to take part in the repair work they suggest.
Being proactive, with a plan and outlining your own roll in it with honesty. This demonstrates that you see your own success as tied directly to the success of the entire organization, that one isn’t just “making moves” for their own benefit.
Being with a Focused Plan
In the beginning stages of building a business it is essential to have a focused approach to avoid wasting time and resources. Know what your plan is upfront and act on. You’ll experience less frustration if you are ready with a plan of action.
Wherever your money is coming from make sure you’ve got it for sure. While there is some truth to the adage you have to spend money to make money, if you don’t have it you can’t spend it.
Keeping up a simple, professional online profile is a start; however you need to be in personal communication with local officials like your city chamber of commerce and others. Social capital is important. While the corona virus has canceled most “shoulder rubbing” events there are still ways to get connected with local officials and other business owners through online events.
Figure Out What Makes Your Business Unique
Knowing what makes you special is important. This should be integrated into many aspects of your business without over doing it. Asking your costumers and employees can help with this.
Be Ready and Willing Accept and Adapt When Change Happens
The corona virus pandemic is a perfect example. Whatever your business is, some kind of large change outside of your control will happen at some point in the lifetime of your business. Be ready for it, accept it and move on to planning to adapt to these new challenges.
As a leader it is good to know if someone is thinking of leaving the organization. Listed below are some behaviors that may indicate someone is planning on leaving. As a leader, you can address these behaviors calmly and rationally.
They have shown less interest in working with clients than usual.
They have left early from work more frequently than they normally do.
Their work productivity has gone quite a bit recently.
They don’t seem interested in upholding the vision of the organization.
They have spoken more about not being happy with other team members.
They have been much less of a team player lately; they keep to themselves.
They have just been doing the “minimum” frequently as of late.
They have said they weren’t getting along with their co-workers recently.
They haven’t be interested in long term goals and projects.
Generally speaking, their attitude has been negative.
They have been a “low effort” “low motivation” team member lately.
Addressing these issues will be necessary as a leader whether they problem is the team member is planning on leaving or not.