7 Leadership Tips to Implement Today

7 Leadership Tips to Implement Today

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7 Leadership Tips to Implement Today

As a leader in the workplace, a lot of a pressure is on you to continually improve yourself and those you manage. Try using one or more of these helpful tips to become a better leader or manager today at your place of business!  Most of these leadership tips were discussed at a recent convention of home care professionals.  These 7 leadership ideas are not mine, but rather those of Mr. Brett Dierickson of Green Bay Carpet Cleaners, who leads his team of professionals on a daily basis.  He informed the audience at the November 2016 convention that these leadership tips have allowed him to grow his business 10x over the past 12 years. Pretty remarkable considering a recession was part of those 12 years.

  1. Do as you say.

Leading by example is easier said than done, but it’s critically important to being a successful leader. Have integrity in both your word and your deed.  Do I do, not as I say.  I work 10 hours a day, how many do you work?  I am the first one in the office every day and the last one to leave.  What are your work habits?

  1. Check your ego at the door.

While you might technically be the boss, being a leader is even more important than being in charge in the grand scheme of things. It’s easy to be confident and maybe even arrogant when you’re the boss. What takes more effort is truly being humble, and if you can genuinely convey your humility, your employees will sincerely appreciate it.

  1. Shorten your meetings.

We don’t mean that you should just cut out important parts of your meetings; rather, actively focus on how you can make your meetings more efficient and less fluffy. Everyone will thank you for it.

  1. Get advice from a mentor.

Although you might be the leader of your group, that doesn’t mean you have all the answers. Find someone you admire and respect, and then take note of the things they do that you love.  My mentors include Robert Kiosoki of Rich Dad Poor Dad, George W. Bush,

  1. Be more specific.

When you’re assigning a task, following up on an assignment, or even just writing an email, try to add specificity in any way possible. Include actual dates and deadlines as well as precise action items.  Start at the beginning and explain what needs to be done thoroughly.  Sometimes you need to dumb it down as though you are speaking to a child.  Don’t treat your employees like children, but do give them all the details that they need to be successful.

  1. Read a new book.

There are thousands of great books out there on leadership—find one that sounds interesting, pick it up, and read the whole thing. You might not agree with every single thing you read, but opening your mind to new ideas is crucial to improving as a leader.  Two books worth taking a look at include Decision Points by George W Bush, and Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone

  1. Be transparent.

It might seem like it’s your prerogative as a leader to hide things from your team, but that’s just not the best idea. Your employees are smart, and they’ll know if you try to hide something from them. Be honest at all times.

 

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How to Lead the Millennial Generation

How to Lead the Millennial Generation

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How to Lead the Millennial Generation

If you’re a manager in the workplace, chances are you’re the manager of a millennial—in other words, someone who’s in their late teen years up through their early 30s. They’re more globally minded than any other generation before them, more educated than their predecessors, and more socially connected than you might realize. These traits can include specific strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important to understand how to best lead this group. Here are a few suggestions to help you lead the millennials on your team:

Don’t try to change them.

When managers are confronted with groups of people who don’t act or think the same way they do, often their first reaction is to try to change that group of people. However, when it comes to millennials, that plan of action simply won’t work. Changing your managing style is much more likely to bring about positive change in your workplace.

Earn their respect.

With millennials, don’t assume that they’ll respect you just because you’re in a position of authority. Instead, take the time to get to know each of your employees on an individual basis. Have one-on-one time and learn about their personalities. Respect their opinions and their roles, and they’ll grow to respect you. Millennials tend to ditch bad bosses and negative workplaces exactly when they see fit, so you’ve got to be on your toes. Otherwise, they’ll just move on to a new job that suits them better.

Allow for increased transparency, communication, and collaboration.

As we mentioned before, the millennial generation is connected to the world on an unprecedented level. Mirroring this connection in the workplace will help your employees feel a sense of community and ownership on the team. If you encourage creativity and foster a sense of thinking outside the box, you’ll be bringing out the best in your millennial employees and truly letting them shine.

Four Tips for Creating a Sense of Community through Your Leadership

Four Tips for Creating a Sense of Community through Your Leadership

Creating a Sense of Community through Your Leadership
Creating a Sense of Community through Your Leadership

Four Tips for Creating a Sense of Community through Your Leadership

As a manager or leader in the workplace, part of your job should include fostering a sense of community within your team or workforce. But sometimes, that’s easier said than done. If you’re struggling in knowing how to build a feeling of community and togetherness as a leader, try following these four tips:

  1. Have integrity.

If you say one thing to your employees and then turn around and do something completely different, it goes without saying that they aren’t going to rally around you as a leader. If you stick to your commitments and stay honest even when things don’t go perfectly, your team members will notice, and they’ll be committed to the team as well.

  1. Understand those you’re leading.

If you’re out of touch with your team, they likely won’t respect you or their fellow team members. Without that foundation of respect, it’s impossible to build a community out of your team. You should take the time to get to know each member of your group on an individual basis so that you will know how to best encourage and work with each of them.

  1. Use setbacks as opportunities for growth.

When it comes to being a leader in the workplace, problems and interruptions are as inevitable as breathing. What sets you apart as a good leader is how you handle those problems. Don’t shame your employees when mistakes are made; rather, use setbacks as a way to learn, teach, and grow together.

  1. Show gratitude.

Every person alive appreciates being thanked for their work and being acknowledged when they do a good job. Your employees are certainly no different. When a specific member of your team does great work or does something above and beyond the call of duty, acknowledge it privately and perhaps publicly, depending on the circumstances. When your team does well as a whole, be sure to recognize that achievement and celebrate together. Remember: don’t ever hesitate to add a simple “Thank you” as often as you can. People feel happier when they feel appreciated, and that happiness will carry over into a stronger sense of community on the team.

 

Things You Should Never Do as a Leader

Things You Should Never Do as a Leader

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Take me to your Leader

Things You Should Never Do as a Leader

Whether you’re a brand-new manager or a seasoned boss, there’s always room to grow when it comes to honing your leadership skills. And what better way to do that than knowing what you shouldn’t do as a leader?

Check out these six things you should never do as a leader and find out how you can avoid making these common mistakes.

  1. Rush to hire new recruits.

If you don’t have the right people on your team, there’s no way your team will ever succeed. And those decisions all start in the hiring process. It can feel like there’s a lot of pressure to make important hiring decisions in a hurry, but remind yourself that you can afford to take your time if it means finding the right person.

  1. Try to motivate with money alone.

Yes, money is certainly a strong motivator for most people. But don’t forget other incentives that are equally motivating: a sense of fulfillment, the desire to be noticed and appreciated, and a sense of community at work.

  1. Be the nice girl/guy instead of being honest.

As a leader, it’s your job to show kindness and patience, but not at the cost of honesty. If someone has made a mistake, that mistake needs to be admitted and, if possible, fixed. Find a healthy balance between being kind and being firm.

  1. Take the “hands-off” approach too far.

Although your employees need space to work the best way they know how, you can’t ignore them altogether. Be sure to check in at appropriate times to see if they need advice, troubleshooting, or anything else.

  1. Withhold feedback.

If one of your employees completes a task the wrong way and you don’t say anything about it, whose fault will it be when he or she does it wrong again in the future? Hint: it’ll be your fault. Whether the feedback is positive or negative, always remember to share your thoughts with those you’re leading.

  1. Do everything yourself.

For self-starters and high achievers, delegating can be the hardest part of leadership. Remember that in your role as a manager or leader, it’s not your job to do everything. Let your employees do their jobs, even if it means forcing yourself to step back and not get too involved.

Exploring Different Types of Leadership

Exploring Different Types of Leadership

The Art of Exploring Different Types of Leadership
The Art of Exploring Different Types of Leadership

 

Exploring Different Types of Leadership

Depending on your personality, your workplace atmosphere, your employees’ personalities, and even the specific situation at hand, you may utilize a variety of leadership types from day to day or week to week. While you likely have a dominant leadership style because of your individual strengths and weaknesses, it’s important to understand a variety of styles so that you can incorporate different traits into your style when circumstances call for it.

Authoritative leadership

A leader who is authoritative has a talent for focusing on the overall picture and the end goal, and he or she often lets the individuals on the team reach that end goal in whatever way they see fit. If your team has recently experienced changes and needs a new direction, leading authoritatively may be just the ticket. Concentrate your efforts on staying enthusiastic and vibrant instead of giving instructions that are too restrictive or specific.

Coaching leadership

A leader who acts as a coach focuses on individual people and tries to prepare those people for the future. This style of leadership works well if you as the leader are proficient in visualizing solutions, staying positive, and working in one-on-one situations.

Coercive leadership

Although the coercive style of leadership may not always be a popular option, sometimes it is necessary. A coercive leader tells people exactly what to do and does not leave a lot of room for discussion. If your team or company has experienced a crisis and needs definitive direction, being a little tough might just work. However, be very careful about coming across as too intimidating or as a bully, which is often how coercive leaders are viewed.

Democratic leadership

Just as the name suggests, a democratic leader gathers suggestions and opinions before making choices or developing plans. Democracy makes everyone feel involved, and ideally it will lead to an increased sense of ownership for the whole team. Leaning on democratic contributions may not be the best plan of action in an emergency, but when you need everyone to rally and work together, it can be a great answer.