Being a good leader isn’t easy. It’s arguably the hardest part of your job because it leadership never rests. While you focus on tasks and project deadlines, you still have to be a good leader, encouraging and motivating your team all day, every day.
The good news is, there five strategies or practices that if done well, will not only help you be the good leader that your team needs you to be, but you will also help the entire organization stay positive and reach goals without extra effort.
5 Leadership Tips to Hit a Home Run
To ensure you’re being a good leader, you should focus on implementing these leadership tips. Done well, and you’ll feel like you’re leading a winning team to victory no matter how busy your schedule is.
1) Delegate Well
A good leader must figure out how to delegate tasks to the team. This includes assigning responsibility to complete tasks and also the authority to approve certain projects as well. If you are the only one who can approve or sign off on everything, then not only does it decrease morale and productivity, but it will create a detrimental bottleneck in company operations. With wise delegation, you’ll not only boost the morale and productivity of your team, but you’ll also foster confidence and the development of leadership skills.
2) Set Goals
Just like you work better with goals to achieve, your employees do too. Goals give employees direction and purpose. They should know the overarching goal of the organization, but you should also set measurable goals for your team so they are clear about your expectations. This also provides structure when you evaluate employee performance.
3) Communicate Effectively
Most managers communicate too little with their employees. Even though you want to delegate responsibility, that does not mean that you check out. It’s important that you make sure your team has all the tools, resources, and information they need to be successful. Update them regularly and check in so they can ask questions or so you can provide feedback.
4) Make Time & Be Available
Similar to the rule of communication, you should be present. You also need to be willing to set aside some of your own tasks when one of your employees needs your help or has a question. After all, a good leader has to be around people and happy to step in when needed.
5) Recognize Achievements
When your team excels and meets the goals you set for them, you should absolutely acknowledge their achievements. Whether it’s in passing, via email, it doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. Just the fact that you are recognizing their effort and hard work often buoys your employees and increases their morale, and therefore, their productivity. It’s a great ripple effect!
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