Allow your staff to take responsibility

(Adapted from “Develop a sense of responsibility among your subordinates”)

Another way to show your staff that you are interested in their growth is to give them opportunities to develop professionally. Assign tasks and delegate authority to them. Allowing them to accomplish tasks provides confidence and respect between the you and them. It also encourages them to show you their initiative and to show cooperation when working as a team. When you properly delegate authority, you demonstrate faith in your staff. They may then desire greater responsibilities. If you don’t delegate authority, it may be interpretted as a lack of leadership, and your staff may think you don’t trust them or don’t think they have the ability.

  1. Provide clear, well thought-out directions. Tell your staff what to do, not how to do it. Hold them responsible for results, although overall responsibility remains yours. Delegate enough authority to them to enable them to accomplish the task.
  2. Give your staff opportunities to perform duties usually performed by the next higher position.
  3. Be quick to recognize your staff’s accomplishments when they demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness.
  4. Correct errors in judgment and initiative in a way which will encourage them to try harder. Avoid public criticism or condemnation.
  5. Give advice and assistance freely when it is requested by your staff.
  6. Let your staff know that you will accept honest errors without punishment in return; teach from these mistakes by critique and constructive guidance.
  7. Resist the urge to micro-manage; don’t give restrictive guidance which destroys initiative, drive, innovation, enthusiasm; creates boredom; and increases workload of seniors.
  8. Assign your staff to positions in accordance with demonstrated or potential ability.
  9. Be prompt and fair in backing your staff. Until convinced otherwise, have faith in each person.
  10. Accept responsibility willingly and insist that your staff live by the same standard.

Train your staff to work as a team

Your staff should be trained, challenged, and encouraged with perfection and teamwork as a goal. No excuse should be made for leaders not to train their staff be the best in their profession. Train with a purpose and emphasize the essential element of teamwork.

Adapted from “Train your Marines as a team”

The sharing of tasks and hard work should strengthen reduce problems, develop teamwork, improve morale and give a feeling of unbounded loyalty.

Teamwork is the key to successful operations. Teamwork is essential from the smallest business to the largest. As a boss, you must insist on teamwork from your staff. Train and operate as a team. Be sure that each everyone knows his/her position and responsibilities within the team framework.

When team spirit is in evidence, the most difficult tasks become much easier to accomplish. Teamwork is a two-way street. Individuals give their best, and in return the team provides security, recognition, and a sense of accomplishment.

  1. Train, study and train, prepare, and train thoroughly, endlessly.
  2. Strive to maintain individual stability and unit integrity; keep the same leader as long as possible if they’re getting the job done. Needless changes disrupt teamwork.
  3. Emphasize use of the “buddy” system.
  4. Never publicly blame an individual for the team’s failure nor praise one individual for the team’s success.
  5. Provide the best available facilities for training and make maximum use of teamwork.
  6. Ensure that all training is meaningful, and that its purpose is clear to all members of the staff.
  7. Acquaint each individual of your staff with the capabilities and limitations of others, thereby developing mutual trust and understanding.
  8. Base team training on realistic, current, and probable conditions.
  9. Insist that everyone understands the functions of the other members of the team and how the team functions as a part of the whole.

~ Jody Victor