Whatever ethical plane you hold yourself to, you are responsible for a team of people, it is important to raise the bar even higher. Your business and its employees are a reflection of your employees are a reflection of yourself, and if you make honest and ethical behaviour a key value, your team will follow suit.
Ability to delegate
Finessing your brand vision is essential to creating an organized and efficient business, but If you don’t learn to trust your team with that vision, you might never progress to the next stage. It is important to remember that trusting your tea, with your idea is a sign of strength, not weakness. Delegating tasks to the appropriate departments is one of the most important skills you can develop as your business grows. The emails and tasks will begin to pile up, and the more you stretch yourself thin, the lower the quality of your work will become, and the less you will produce.
The key to delegation is identifying the strengths of your team, and capitalizing on them. Find out what each team member enjoys doing most. Chances are if they find the task more enjoyable, they will be more likely to put in more thought and effort into it. This will nto only prove to your team that you trust and believe in them, but will also free up your time to focus on the higher level tasks, which should be delegated. It’s a fine balance, but one that will have a huge impact on the productivity of your business
Knowing what you want to accomplished may seem clear in your head, but if you try to explain it to someone else, and are met with a blank expression, you know there is a problem. If this has been your experience, then you may want to focus on honing your communication skills. Being able to clearly and succinctly describe what you want done is extremely important. If you can’t relate your vision to your team, you won’t all be working towards the same goal.
Sense of humour
When something bad happens in the company, guiding your team through the process without panicking is as challenging as it is important. Morale is linked to productivity, and it’s your job as a leader to instil positive energy. That’s where your sense of humour will finally pay off. Encourage your team to laugh at the mistake instead of crying. If you are constantly learning to find the humour in the struggles, your work environment will become a happy and healthy space, where your employees look forward to working in, rather than dreading it. Make it a point to crack jokes with your team and encourage personal discussions of weekend plans and trips. It’s these short breaks from the task at hand that help keep productivity levels high and morale even higher.
There may be days where the future of your company/team is worrisome and things are not going according to plan. This is true with any business, large or small, and the most important thing is not to panic. Keep up your confidence level, and assure everyone that setbacks are natural and the important thing is to focus on the larger goal. As a leader, by staying calm and confident, you will help keep the team feeling the same. You team will take cues from you, so if you exude a level of calm damage control, your team will pick up on that feeling. The key objective is to keep everyone working and moving ahead.
If you expect your team to work hard and produce quality content, you’re going to need to lead by example. There is no greater motivation than seeing the boss down in the trenches working alongside everyone else, showing that hard work is being done on every level. By proving your commitment to the brand and your role, you will not only earn the respect of your team, but will also instil that same hardworking energy among your staff. It is important to show your commitment not only to the work at hand, but also to your promises. If you pledged to host a holiday party, or uphold summer Fridays, keep your word. You want to create a reputation for not just working hard, but also be known as a fair leader. Once you have gained the respect of your team, they are more likely to deliver the peak amount of quality work possible.
You want to keep your team motivated towards the continued success of the company, and keep the energy levels up. Whether that means providing snacks, coffee, relationship advice or even just an occasional beer in the office, remember that everyone on your team is a person. Keep the office mood a fine balance between productivity and playfulness. If your team is feeling happy and upbeat, chances are they won’t mind staying that extra hour to finish a report or devoting their best work to the company
Some decisions will not always be so clear cut. As a leader, you may be forced at time to deviate from your set course and make an on the fly decision. This is where your creativity will prove to be vital. It is during these critical situations that your team will look to you for guidance and you may be forced to make a quick decision. As a leader, it is important to learn to think outside the box and to choose which of the two choices will be the best option. Don’t immediately choose the first or easiest possibility; sometimes it’s best to give these issues some thought, and even turn to your team for guidance. By utilizing all possible options before making a rash decision, you can typically reach the end conclusion you were aiming for.
When leading a team through uncharted waters, there is no roadmap on what to do. Everything is uncertain, and the higher the risk, the higher the pressure. That is where your natural intuition has to kick in. Guiding your team through the process of your day-to-day tasks can be honed down to a science. But when something unexpected occurs, or you are thrown into a new scenario, your team will look to you for guidance. Drawing on past experience is a good reflex, as is reaching out to your mentors for support. Eventually though, the tough decisions will be up to you to decide and you will need to depend on your gut instinct for answers. Learning to trust yourself is as important as your team learning to trust you.
Ability to inspire
Creating a business often involves a bit of forecasting. Especially in the beginning stages of a startup, inspiring your team to see the vision of the successes to come in vital. Make your team feel invested in the accomplishments of the company. Whether everyone owns a piece of equity, or you operate on bonus system, generating enthusiasm for the hard work you are all putting in is so important. Being able to inspire your team is great for focusing on the future goals, but it is also important for the current issues. When you are all mired deep in work, morale is low, and energy levels are fading, recognize that everyone needs a break now and then. Acknowledging the work that everyone has dedicated and commend the team on each of their efforts. It is your job to keep spirits up, and that begins with an appreciation for the hard work.
Referenced from: http://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyaprive/2012/12/19/top-10-qualities-that-make-a-great-leader/
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