Listen And Ask Questions

Listen And Ask Questions

Don’t silence those who disagree with your management style or don’t like the direction of the company. Listen. And ask questions of your entire team.

Open dialogue makes it easier to proactively identify problems and work together to create a mutually beneficial environment. It will also make your employees feel appreciated and acknowledged.

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Be Consistent

You must reward the same behaviors every time they appear, discourage the same behaviors when they appear and treat every member of your team with an equal, level-headed view.

Communicate Properly

How you communicate with your team can dictate your eventual success. To avoid miscommunication and to keep your team updated, always strive for clarity, accuracy, and thoroughness on your communication.

Aim To Work as a Team

Have your team work for something together.

Setting goals just for the department or one individual breeds isolation and a limited mentality. Instead, give staffers a unified focus and purpose, to inspire them together.

Publicly Recognize Hard Work

Reward members of your team that do something exceptional, even if it’s just a vocal recognition. Do this publicly so the recipient feels good and the rest of the team knows that hard work is rewarded.

Just be careful to be consistent in your rewards so you won't be seen as playing favorites.

Be The Example

Set an example in terms of your behavior. Strive to be your own ideal of the perfect worker, especially in front of the team.

Never Go With 'One-Size-Fits-All.'

Your team is comprised of individuals with unique personalities and capabilities, so individualized approaches work better. Never use the exact same approach to motivate, encourage or mold all of them. 

Be as Transparent as Possible

Transparency shows your integrity as a leader and builds trust with the members of your team. Lying or withholding information, could jeopardize your relationships and the respect you command as a leader.

Encourage All Opinions
  • The more people you have actively participating in discussions and attempting to make improvements to the organization, the better.
  • Never chastise a team member for voicing an opinion respectfully -- even if it goes against your original vision or isn’t well thought out. 
  • Don’t cut someone down for voicing an opinion, it builds resentment and discourages people from sharing their own new thoughts.
Help People Enjoy Work

You don’t need a pool table or dress code abolition to make work fun. You can make the workday more enjoyable with things like surprise lunch outings, a dedicated break room or even just casual conversations with your workers.

Help your people enjoy coming to work, and they’ll do their best work for you.

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  1. Empathy. Give trusted co-workers the benefit of the doubt by assuming the good in them. It goes a long way toward instilling loyalty and trust in you from your team.
  2. Awareness. Care deeply about the welfare of the team members. Don't view them only as cogs in a machine.
  3. Building community. Build community where both employees and customers can thrive.
  4. Persuasion. Rely on persuasion rather than coercion to create internal motivation required to complete the task effectively.
  5. Conceptualization. Servant-leading entrepreneurs focus on the big picture and don't get overly distracted by daily operations and short-term goals.
  6. Growth. Care passionately about the personal and professional growth of each member of the team.

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Embrace conflict

Don’t avoid conflict or pretend nothing has happened as it usually will only get worse.

  • If you notice a conflict between employees, encourage them to work it out.
  • If a conflict develops between two teams, improve interdepartmental communication.
  • If you have a conflict with one of your employees, address it head-on and in private.  

Slot your meaningful work into the times when you feel most productive. Realizing how your focus, creativity, and interest change at different hours in a day can help you better engage in your key projects.

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