The success of a company doesn’t just depend on its leaders, but also — if not mainly — on its employees. Therefore, it’s very important that a business leader possesses the qualities of someone who inspires and encourages team members to work beyond expectations.
Maintain a positive and cheerful attitude
To be a delightful person to others is not something you can quickly become if it’s not your true nature. However, there are certain behaviors that can make you become easy to get along with. Successful leaders are secure in their own well-being. Each day you need to set a positive tone for the team with an upbeat, helpful attitude.
A business leader who is cold and mechanical will, more often than not, get their team off on the wrong foot each day. Remember that it is rather difficult to achieve success under oppressive and negative working conditions.
Be a stress reliever, not a stress inducer
Stress in the workplace increases your team’s potential to short circuit, lose patience and treat others poorly. The measure of a great leader is when he prides himself on being emotionally intelligent and capable of self-control. It’s important to know how to manage your own stress, as well as to be more masterful in managing the stress of your team members when it is most needed. To reduce stress, ensure your team members have the necessary time to nurture and take of themselves personally and professionally. Nobody wants to work for a boss that causes stress instead of alleviating stress.
Motivate your team the proper way
A great leader is self-motivated and able to motivate others. Effective leaders continually ask themselves how they can develop team morale with new strategies to keep passions peaked.
What you need to do in order to become a good motivator is to cultivate the relationship between happiness and achievement of your team. Inspire your team by redefining goals as part of something larger. The more helpful the environment between individual team members, and between team members and their leader, the more united and successful they all become together.
Don’t promote risks while punishing failure.
Nothing displeases a talented employee like a reprimand for trying something new. As Steve Jobs said, “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”
Most companies today claim to prioritise innovation, but in reality, few companies openly accept the trial-and-error that comes with the process. Leaders can tell employees to be creative, but when those same leaders punish people for failure (even indirectly); employees pick up on the insincerity and quit trying to change the status quo. The more stifled employees feel, the more likely they are to quit entirely.
Listen to criticism, provide feedback and make changes when necessary
Employees know their bosses aren’t perfect, and they want to help. When workers provide thoughtful and constructive feedback about what the company or a direct supervisor could do better, don’t take it personally or sweep it under the rug. It’s not meant to be personal, so don’t take it that way. Instead, address the issue head-on with useful solutions. This is an example of embracing professional growth, and it shows employees that their opinions are valuable.
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