Work with your team, not just over them.
The best way to become a better leader is to work with your team and get your hands dirty with work, in order to run your business properly. To fully understand the people you lead and how you should lead them, you need to do the work they do. And interact with your customers to get to know what they like and what they want to improve in the service you provide.
Don’t waste people’s time.
Today’s workforce appreciates leaders who respect their time. You need to find a way to communicate with your team that’s effortless and fast. Long duration meetings are very old-fashioned. Try to be professional and precise with your team. Confront them with the things you want specifically without looping around. Don’t ask them for extra tasks without taking their consent and paying them well enough to do what you asked for.
Understand that no one is perfect.
An effective leader pushes his team to do the best out of them. When someone makes a mistake, help that person learn from the present mistake instead of scolding them for messing up. Progress takes patience, and a good leader understands that. A good leader must understand that employees are not robots. They don’t have to do everything perfectly without a single mistake. A good leader solves his team’s mistakes without bragging.
Teach your team new skills. Inspire them with things you learned in the past. People should follow you because they believe in your mission. To be a well-rounded leader, you need to share that mission clearly, concisely and in a way that inspires people to work toward similar goals.
Assess how people perceive you.
Your leadership and reputation should suit your business and your goals. A compassionate, people-first attitude will make your team and the public more comfortable with your business. Your reputation in your community and at your own place of work can affect the way your team operates, so check in every now and then to make sure your perception matches your goals. Be yourself, but be aware of how your team’s and the public’s perceptions of you affect your business.