Most managers desire to grow their leadership skills to be able to provide better guidance to their teams. But sometimes the “how” of stretching those abilities can be a little overwhelming, and the “when” can add even more stress to your already busy day. If you want to become a more effective leader without the stress, try adopting these three simple traits today – no 25-chapter leadership book required!
Showing your team how dedicated you are goes beyond just working extra hours and being available by phone 24-7. They need to see that you’re dedicated to your team and its mission. And that means there will be times you need to roll up your sleeves and work right alongside your employees. Whether it’s flipping burgers, packing boxes, or making phone calls, your team will have a whole new level of respect for you when they see you in the trenches with them.
To be sincere means to be “honest” and “genuine,” which is what your employees and customers want to see and hear when you communicate with them. The old adage holds true – “say what you mean, and mean what you say.” Nothing causes people to lose respect and trust in an individual faster than when someone appears to be playing games and not being 100% honest.
It should be a given that every leader is passionate about their vision. But sometimes that passion can wane over time. It’s your vision as a leader that keeps your team moving forward and striving for success. So it’s critical that you cultivate your passion and hold it high for your whole team to see. Passion varies from leader to leader, but whether you’re focused on a specific product, customer satisfaction, or your own employee’s growth, never let it fade from sight!
Your employees want you to grow as a leader, but the journey doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Try focusing on adopting and implementing these three basic traits to get on the fast track to becoming a better leader.