Managers/team leaders are not only responsible for their team's accomplishments and “numbers”, but also for their personal development. Today, talents don’t want to be managed, they want to be coached. So how exactly do you coach instead of being the bossy kind of manager?
Result and people driven leaders
I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in.
- Bill Gates
A high performing leader tackles the to-do list with targets, objectives and KPIs they have to hit by the end of a certain period. However, they can’t achieve the desired success and seize opportunities without having the best talents in their team. They need to build a team of talents with unique personalities and working styles, but at the same time, complementary skill sets and experiences. The leaders are often the facilitators of the team, generating healthy discussions for common consensus and bringing out the best in their teams.
Great leaders are fully aware that when the team believes in a strategy or a plan, they will be passionate about and set their minds to fulfilling their goals and objectives. The chance of team success then goes up immensely. Conversely, when the team feels that the leader is forcing his opinions and judgements onto them, innovation is lost and there is little passion. The key for a great leader is to find a good balance between being result-focused and social skills.
Being a good listener is absolutely critical to being a good leader; you have to listen to the people who are on the front line.
- Richard Branson
Almost every skill in your team can be outsourced with the exception of communication skills. There is a common misunderstanding that communication is only important when something goes wrong. Leaders must continuously build on communication among members of their team/organisation. Effective communication promotes mutual understanding -- letting your employees know exactly what is happening, and why, helps them understand you better and even support you in tough times. When communicating with your colleagues “in good and in bad times” -- be authentic, visible to all levels of the organisation and be a great listener.
If you feel you can use some explanation on this one, definitely read the blog “from management to empowerment”.
Managers will tell people what to do, whereas leaders will inspire them to do it, and there are a few things that go into the ability to inspire.
- Jeff Weiner
Great leaders have the ability to inspire others with their own actions and opinions. So, why should you care about inspiring? It’s actually how you get things done as a leader. The best leaders are teachers, mentors, and role models and they accomplish the vast majority of their work through inspiring, not authority.
A few takeaways to inspire the people you lead:
- Build trusting relationships and show genuine concern on individual levels.
- Lead by example! Being a role model of accountability, perseverance and courage convinces your team to behave the same way.
- Be respectful in every interaction you have with your team members/ colleagues.
- Encourage people with a (real) compelling vision of the future. Give them a sense of purpose and leave them with a profound sense of accomplishments when the work is done.
When you become someone whom your employees look up to, you will have the influence you need to lead.
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It's through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we've always mapped our path at Dell. There's always an opportunity to make a difference.
- Michael Dell
The old saying "curiosity killed the cat" is a way to tell somebody to mind his/her own business. But as a leader, curiosity is one of the most valuable characteristics you can have. Admitting you don't know everything can be difficult. However, the search for new paths--new products, new revenue streams, new talents, new efficient ways of building, creating, and getting things done, is part of a leader's job. Curiosity is all about asking questions and wondering why things are done in certain ways. They say leaders can use curiosity not only to explore new and uncharted waters but also to have a breakthrough on old, or overly "familiar confines."
Not only being curious regarding business is a value for a leader, being genuinely interested in people’s personal lives also make you a curious and caring leader. If you care for your employees, they care about your business. Therefore, leaders should always find reasons to get the workforce together and celebrate small happenings like a birthday, an anniversary, a marriage, birth ... anything that fosters a feeling of family and support.
Great leaders are willing to sacrifice the numbers to save the people. Poor leaders sacrifice the people to save the numbers.
- Simon Sinek
Leaders who display self-sacrificial behaviour are considered to be more effective, charismatic, and legitimate than self-benefiting leaders. Self-sacrificing leadership is when the leader voluntarily gives up personal interests, privileges and welfare for the interests of the organisation, temporarily or permanently. This doesn’t only mean that the leader is giving value to the company but also gives a good signal to the other employees.
Leaders must be selfless with the main focus upon making the team better. Your success must come from your team's vision and accomplishment. Put your team in the spotlight and you will shine just as bright!