Embrace Leadership – Maybe you’ve just got promoted to the manager role, and suddenly the idea of leading your employees may daunt you. There will be a hundred questions swirling in your mind like – do your employees accept you? How to get the work done without coming off as an arrogant person, how to talk to employees about leaves, and how to enjoy yourself being a leader without stressing too much.
Being a leader comes with practice and understanding your employees. Even though you have leadership experience, each place will be new as your team changes. You should constantly improve your leadership skills at work to see the productivity your company desires.
So, here we’ve listed some tips for you to follow to enjoy your leadership journey without being earning the title ‘bossy’:
⦁ Understand your team’s mentality
Understanding your team begins when you are not giving too much importance to your position. Thinking like you are superior to your employees and that they should listen to you always attitude doesn’t work in the long run.
As you and your team members are working towards a common goal, you should think like one of them and make decisions respective to the company. As a leader, you should focus on each individual’s mentality and assign work properly so that your team member doesn’t feel too stressed about work.
Also, you should subtly instruct the team about deadlines, the urgency to complete before the deadline, and the consequences the company may face. By understanding every team member, you should make them listen to you to get the work done and increase productivity.
⦁ Be thankful wherever needed
Respecting your team starts with gratitude. Make sure you’re complimenting the team members when they complete their work. When they come to submit to you or email about the work, make sure to reply with a simple thank you or well done. It makes the team respect you and give value to you whenever you talk during meetings. When you are serious, they understand that the work is urgent and respond accordingly. Be a genuine leader and you can expect the same from your employees.
⦁ Sometimes stand back and watch
Micromanaging your team’s work doesn’t seem good always. You don’t want to control even the minute things your team does. It’s one of the bad traits of a leader that make you bossy among your team.
When a team is assigned to you, train them well and give the real work as soon as possible. Trust that they can do it without your help. Even if they make mistakes, they can learn and work efficiently the next time. Sometimes, you just have to stand back while your team follows the instructions you’ve given. You have to give them space so that your team can openly work and complete the assignments without stressing too much about it.
⦁ Have a great communication
Great communication is the bridge to break the ice between you and your team. Welcome open discussions with your team where they can talk about the issues and problems facing the company. Conduct weekly or monthly meetings where you only discuss the challenges your team is facing in the work. Allow your employees to talk before you can raise the questions. Take one step ahead and also discuss your specific issues so that you and your employees feel connected.
⦁ Value your employees’ decision
You always don’t have to make the ultimate decision regarding the project you’re handling. Though the power lies in you, sometimes, you can rely on your employees in your decision-making process. Whether it’s about the deliverables or discussing the final decision that you took, engage your employees in valued discussions. It’s one of the six skills that every senior manager needs. Think about the suggestions they give you and then decide accordingly. It may not work at all times but doing like this will build trust between you and your team members.
⦁ Don’t act like a know-it-all person
Nobody likes a person with a know-it-all attitude. While talking to your team members, never show off your position, and don’t make inundations that you have the high power. Remember that just because you are in a managerial role, you have the right to give commands and orders. Talk in such a way that your team does the work out of respect but not because you said so. When you build that rapport, the team will likely do more work whenever the need arises. They can help you with the work overload by staying long hours and thus increasing productivity.
Always Set a Good Example as a Leader
As a manager, you have to set a good example for your team and motivate them to be good team leaders in the future. Be empathetic and also vigilant about how you’re giving orders and getting the work done. We agree that sometimes the team members can be difficult to handle, but how you’re handling them makes you even more of a good leader than you already are.