Being a leader is a position that requires you to be someone who appears to have the answers at all times. Your vision for the future of the company is what your staff members are following.
If you or your vision starts to come into question, then the future of the organization may suffer.
If you are a company or department leader, then you should know that the process of developing and improving never ends. If you want to inspire your staff members to constantly improve themselves, then you need to be openly looking to improve your skill set as well. There are things a good leader can do to help improve his skill set and motivate his employees to work hard to stay at the top of their game.
Stay in school
A leader who stops learning is a leader who stops growing. When employees see you going to educational seminars and taking industry-related training classes, then they get the idea that being good at what they do is an ongoing process.
As a leader, you should always understand that you do not have all of the answers. That is why you continuously look to improve yourself with further education and training.
The more you learn from these ongoing classes, the better your chances will be of always staying one step ahead of your staff and retaining your position as a respected and effective leader.
When you are a leader, your subordinates look to you as a resource for important information within the industry. This is especially true for new breakthroughs and any new moves made by the competition.
The more you use the phrase “I don’t know” to answer staff questions; the quicker your status as a respected leader starts to fall. That is why a good leader is constantly using every resource at his disposal to stay updated on all of the important industry information. He or she must constantly stay in touch with changes in technology, competitive profiles and any new employment candidates that are being sought after by companies within the industry.
The leader needs to be the primary resource of reliable information for his staff.
If you want to be a good leader, you need to learn how to listen to your staff members at all times. Your staff looks to you for guidance on professional and even some personal issues.
When your staff talks to you, it is important that you make that brief moment of time to listen and hear what the staff has to say. In some cases, you staff may be able to update you on new company or industry changes that you were unaware of. In other cases, an employee may share personal information with you that will require you to make personnel changes that can affect the company’s future. When it comes to what your employees have to say, a good leader learns to be attentive at all times.
If you want to enhance your status with your staff and keep everyone motivated, they need to see you on the workplace floor. If you stay locked up in your office all day, then it will not be long before you lose touch with your staff and productivity plummets.
Jan Kantor is a Southwest Florida business consultant and executive coach. For more information, or to contact him regarding workplace solutions, his website is www.jankantor.com.