How would you define successful workplace leadership? For many, asking ourselves this question probably elicited some unpleasant memories of past jobs and bosses. Micromanaging, intimidation, and poor attitude are all things that come to mind when we remember bad managers. But, what does come to mind when you think of good managers? Qualities such as flexibility, empathy, and visionary are what topped our list.
If you are in a position of leadership, regardless of how you feel you are performing, the onus is on you if most of your team isn’t performing to the standards you expected. If you find yourself wanting the control of micromanaging and knowing what each employee is working on throughout the week, you’re getting it wrong. Ultimately, if you hire the right person for the job, you should not have to micromanage for them to be successful.
If you have been feeling frustrated as a leader, take a few moments to ask yourself these questions:
- Do I show empathy when an employee comes to me with a concern?
- Do I go out of my way to help my employees if they ask for it?
- Do I encourage my employees to talk to me openly about any problems or concerns?
- In general, do I feel like my employees trust me?
- Have I had to implement several new rules due to re-occurring issues?
- Do I encourage a flexible work schedule?
To help foster successful work environments, loosening your grip on the reigns can be one of the best things to do. Although this may be frightening, it will help your employees feel more empowered and as such, will begin to go above and beyond their typical daily tasks.
Brigette Hyacinth, published author and professional speaker, suggests selecting individuals with a passion for performing and strong work ethic. Job training is something you can determine and manage, however possessing a strong character is something that will come naturally from your employees.
Take charge of your department by setting a resolution to lead more effectively. What will you do to get started?