Some say that there is no “right way” to be a leader. With the many trainings, webinars and seminars that claim to teach how to lead properly, it is safe to say that everyone who steps into a management or executive role has a different style of motivating and guiding people. However, effective leadership means finding the way that works best for both you and your team. So what does effective leadership look like? Check out some helpful tips on guiding your team in the right direction.
Utilize Your In-House Talent Properly
Steve Jobs once 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.” It is a missed opportunity to hire talent and not trust their abilities to contribute to your organization. An effective leader knows how to delegate and trust their team to be the creative, hardworking individuals that they hired.
Embrace Work/Life Balance
Industry leaders such Google and Apple have taken the lead on employee work/life balance. And while your organization may not want to provide sleep pods, massage stations or game rooms, it is important to keep your employee’s mental well-being in mind. Small changes such as schedules that allow staff to better blend their work and lives can reduce burnout and increase output.
Lead by Example
Leaders have long gotten away with vocally supporting policies and procedures, but their actions say otherwise. It is important to be the change that you wish to see in your workplace and within your staff. Acceptable work behavior and work ethic starts at the top. An effective leader knows that they should not only hold their team accountable, but themselves as well.
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