You can be a better leader starting today by doing some straight-forward things. It doesn’t take a complete personality change or throwing everything you know out the window, we’ll simply look at ways you can strengthen your skills.
1. Let Go
You don’t need to control everyone to show you’re in command. You really don’t need to even command anyone. Practice letting go of power and control issues and looking at your employees as human beings with unique talents and perspectives.
2. Let Your Employees Have Independence
Encourage your employees to think and do things for themselves. Ask them to solve their own problems and tell them that you trust their judgment. Independent employees feel happier because they have more control over their destiny.
3. Make Yourself Available
This doesn’t mean hovering over your employees all day long. Be there to answer questions and provide guidance when your employees ask for help. Practice a true open-door policy by welcoming employees to come in and bounce things off of you only when they feel it’s necessary.
4. Don’t Hoard Information or Knowledge
Many leaders fall into the trap of thinking they are the only people with a certain body of knowledge. Give your employees training opportunities so they can acquire valuable knowledge and help make your job easier. Sharing information will make your organization run more smoothly because more people will know what they’re doing.
5. Be Flexible
People have personal lives in addition to their work lives. Create a policy that allows flexibility in hours or the ability to complete tasks regardless of location. Make sure you don’t check on people every ten minutes to make sure they’re doing what they said they’d do. Dare to toss aside punitive policies in favor of ones that seek to build people up or reach an agreement.
Being a better leader is often about what we don’t do, the ways we show restraint. We’ve been conditioned to think that leaders are the courageous swashbucklers that swoop in and fix everything single-handedly. Try the ideas we’ve talked about here and you won’t need to save the day anymore because your workplace will already be functioning positively.
Your employees will like you more as well.