When we think of the word leader, we may see images of individuals who know everything and are leading from the front. They’re the ones staff members go to to solve complex issues, or when they need an answer to a tough question. Managers are seen as the ones who are pushing targets, pushing sales and subsequently, pushing profits.
These scenarios might work for some companies, and work well. However, a good leader should be so much more than that. They should be leading from behind by pushing their team members to be the best versions of themselves so that they can give their best to the company.
They don’t need to know everything, but they do need to know that they should surround themselves with staff who possess the skills and knowledge that they lack. In this way, they can provide holistic and comprehensive business solutions while being exposed to a skill set that they’re unfamiliar with.
Most of all, they should inspire those around them to always do and be their best.
This could be in the form of giving great pep talks every morning, or sending #mondaymotivation emails once a week. However, this will likely only produce temporary results. The key is showing your staff how to be motivated and inspired though your own actions.
That’s not to say that talking needs to take a back seat. Clearly communicating company goals and the business vision on a regular basis will ensure that your team is always on the same page and that everyone knows what they’re working towards. Feeling involved and seeing the bigger picture will definitely get your team feeling inspired.
We know how employee reviews are there to help develop staff and steer them in the right direction if they lose their way. However, constructive feedback and criticism also needs to be dealt to you as a leader. You need to know if you need to change your behavior, or even change certain aspects of the business. How you handle this feedback, be it positive or negative, will definitely have an impact on your team members.
It also important to remember that your human capital is the most important component of your business, and should be treated as such. Words of encouragement will go a long way to making your staff feel appreciated.
So, don’t get distracted by the title of manager or CEO. You’re a leader, which means people will follow you. Make sure you’re setting a positive and inspiring example for them.