I am constantly amazed at how many clueless managers neglect their team member's needs. I'm even more baffled at how long said managers have been in leadership roles. If you are a manager, supervisor or boss, here's what you need to know:
Your bottom line is to ask questions of your team members and then listen to their responses. The vision is for the team to have one heartbeat. Remember: Listening is not waiting to talk.
When put in charge, take charge. Have the courage to do the right thing and continue to show appreciation to your team.
Courage is not passing it off or acting cowardly. Courage is taking the necessary action steps to get the job done.
Make a commitment to your organization's goals, and make a commitment to learn more each day. Taking risks is okay, too. Players who take no risks usually lose. Don’t let your ego get in the way. Leadership is essentially the ability to lead, inspire and influence. Leadership must define the talent. Leadership and teamwork are intertwined. You are the leader of your team, so lead by example, and don’t expect your team to carry you.
Make these action steps a HABIT so it can help you maximize the output from your team:
1: Hire the right people. People won’t burn out if they are open to training and if you continue teaching them. Don't forget to follow these key guidelines before you hire your next employee.
2: Utilize their strengths. Maximize everyone’s talents through training, accountability, consequences and empowerment. Rarely does the true core of a person ever change. Sadly many managers tend to manage around their team members' weaknesses. Avoid this tendency, and forever strive to manage around a team members' strengths.
3: Training and develop. Hold frequent training sessions as often as is necessary. Start and end on time. Have an agenda and get to the point. Aim for most training sessions to only last 30-60 minutes. An employee cannot do their job if the leaders, trainers and managers do not clearly articulate what is expected. One last important point: when you are in a leadership role, it is inevitable that you will get exhausted repeating the same message over and over. “Surely they don’t need to hear me say the same thing over and over again.” INCORRECT - surely they do! It’s been my experience that a large part of the workforce need (and want) to be told over and over because they don’t want the responsibility to get involved with higher levels of thinking and decision making.
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About The Author
Marvin LeBlanc LUTCF, CNP, is a performance strategist and author of the number one Amazon Kindle best-selling book, Come Hell or High Water: Life Lessons from Hurricane Katrina. Marvin not only brings wisdom and insight gained from his three decades in the insurance and finance industries, but he also empowers others through his unique sharing of lessons and techniques from years of corporate and leadership training and motivational programs. A vibrant entrepreneur who makes the stage his own–and yours, Marvin’s humor-filled stories bring inspiration, heart-warming truths and tangible, strategic takeaways you can bring back to your organization.