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Leadership involves creating a compelling vision of the future, communicating that vision, and helping people understand and commit to it.
Managers, on the other hand, are responsible for ensuring that the vision is implemented efficiently and successfully.
There's only so much that you can achieve working on your own, that's why it's important to delegate effectively. To successfully delegate:
Whatever approach you prefer to adopt, you also need to bear in mind that different people have different needs when it comes to motivation.
One size does not fit all. Some individuals are highly self-motivated, while others will under-perform without managerial input, and you need to be able to handle both.
Teams are made up of individuals who have different outlooks and abilities, and are at different stages of their careers. Some may be challenged by the tasks you assign and need help while others may be unchallenged, and may be looking for opportunities to stretch their skills.
It's your responsibility to develop all of your people and doing so makes you a manager people aspire to work for. The most effective way of developing your people is to ensure that you give regular feedback to members of your team.
Meetings of all kinds, and regular ones in particular, are notorious for wasting people's time, so it's well worth mastering the skill of running effective meetings.
Being in charge, it’s easy to assume you know what others are saying, or that listening isn’t important and that your solutions are better. But learning active listening is key as it allows early detection problems, avoids costly misunderstandings, and builds trust within their teams.
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Communication is essential and comes first when setting expectations with your team.
Have a plan in place from the start to ensure your team understands what you are expecting from them.
For example, should they report every task they complete? Is there a set amount of time in which they should be able to reply to emails?
Your team will work as a unit if every member is aware of their own responsibilities and the importance of their work in the organization.
This can be accomplished by creating a document that describes their role in the company in detail.
One of the top reasons for unhappiness in the workplace is communication issues with one’s manager/supervisor.
Managers tend to make incorrect assumptions that employees have al...
It’s crucial for your team to know exactly what is expected of them.
The unwritten rules about the level of quality expected in the work, and the depth of knowledge that needs to be displayed, are what defines a successful work project.
What are the boundaries of an employee’s responsibilities? What are and what aren’t the roles of the job?
What’s the preferred way of communicating, both formally and informally? What should be the frequency of communication? What are the protocols for communication at different levels – while reporting to the manager or even upper management?
When you're building a team or company, you simply can't afford to lose great people. Treat them with respect and you're one step closer to keeping them on your team long-term.
To do great things, you and your people need to consistently think outside the box. You need people who feel very comfortable disagreeing with you, trying new things, tossing out new ideas, and being okay with the fact that several of their ideas may turn out to be outright awful.
If you are the manager, make final decisions. And to do so decisively: evaluate all the options in front of you, hear and absorb everyone's arguments, and ultimately make the final call, with arguments.
Even if you've expressed dissent as an employee, it'll benefit you to let your manager make their call and then focus on what's next, rather than staying preoccupied with past decisions.