Good Habits to Help You Can Become a Better Leader
By Jayson Guerrero | Jan 10, 2018
This year, you should strive to become a better leader. In doing so, you can enjoy many benefits, such as getting improved results for your business, having more success in retaining your employees, as well as lessening your day-to-day stress, to mention a few.
In fact, the more your leadership skills improve, the need of managing everything in your company lessens over time.
Also, you can also save more time, operating expenses, and reduce strain on yourself and your staff when you outsource your back office tasks, so you can focus more on growing your business.
The reality is this: becoming a great leader can’t be achieved overnight. However, when you develop a few simple habits every day, you can quickly become the good leader your company deserves.
According to studies, more than half of employees feel disengaged, and this puts increased pressure on management. Incidentally, levels of engagement among leaders are about the same way.
As a leader, you have to motivate your team to help achieve your business goals. So, you’ll need to engage them even more. On the other hand, if you don’t show any involvement in your initiatives, then why should they?
So, when you show great enthusiasm for your projects, you can easily spread this positive energy among your team. When they are engaged, you don’t need to motivate them as much, and their productivity levels increase.
Always be nice.
While it’s good to hold a prominent position, it’s also equally crucial to be kind to everyone. This may seem like a cliché, but it’s a well-known fact. Sometimes, you may get carried away with your leadership role and feel you are constantly under pressure to deliver positive results consistently.
However, the reality is people like to work with leaders who treat them nicely. And being friendly to your team will help you develop better working relationships. Keep in mind that people will remember how you interact with them. So always be courteous if you want to get better results.
Many leaders make the fatal mistake of not having any interest in their staff on a personal level. What’s even worse is when they outwardly show contempt towards their team members. This type of negative behavior will only disengage their teammates even more.
On the other hand, when you take an interest in your staff, it shows that you respect and value them. By asking questions or grabbing the opportunity to talk them even for a short time, you build your connections with them. Also, their respect for you increases.
You can easily break the ice by simply asking them, “Hey, how’s it going?” or “What do you think about this project?” or something along those lines. Then take a genuine interest in what they have to say.
You can’t be perfect all the time. No one is. So, when you make a mistake, admit to it, sincerely apologise, and then continue to move forward. This will show you are humble and know how to own up to your mistakes. This, in turn, will show you are also accountable and become more relatable to your team.
When you strive to become a better leader, you are not the only one who benefits. You will build better working relationships with your team, earn their respect, and get good results. When you follow these simple habits, you will immediately see improvements in your leadership skills.