52 Leadership Tips- #11
Recently I posted about common sense not being common. I decided to throw out some random ideas about common sense and the first was: Leaders, invest in your team, staff and others. Lori, was kind enough to post a great comment addressing the "how". So Lori, here you go!
How do you Invest In Your Team, Staff and Others. Here is what I do:
- Know the people.
You need to know people. Know their kids names, know their spouse, know what they are going through, etc. Spend time to know your people.
- Make yourself available (communication)
This is difficult, but your people need you. Make time for them and do not allow distractions. Focus on them and give them your attention.
- Avoid negativity
You can not afford to be negative. Do not allow your emotions to spill off on your team, staff or others. Negativity is very dangerous.
When your team, staff or others do great let them know. People like to hear a job well done. When you feel it's appropriate take it to the next level and praise them with a gift of appreciation.
- Be Honest
Honesty at all times with your team will build a loyal group.
- Learn their motivative behavior
Everyone is motivated differently. Take the time to learn what motivates your team or staff. Once you know, write it down and use it.
- The Trust Zone
Your staff must have a trust zone with you. What I mean by this is they need to feel like that can truly open up with you. This only comes once a bond is developed. When you have a trust zone with your staff you will be amazed a what they will share with you! Once this happens you will have truly formed a LOYAL staff and team.