6 Things True Leaders Do
Arnold H. Glasow once said "A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit."
What a simple yet sensible quote huh. But who the hell is Arnold H. Glasow? Well, let us just say that you could search his whereabouts online to see if he basically serves an epitome of a true leader." Leadership roles are not limited to political positions. Organizational structures which are comprised of distinct roles requiring people who would lead a group: a decision-maker, an adviser or supervisor, or something like that.
But what are the things that genuine leaders actually do? I mean, is leadership a mere job description or an abstract concept that has to be embodied in a way that it promotes business ideals?
Well, there are signifiers what kind of strategies true leader abide to in order to extract productivity and satisfaction from the company, clients, and the corporate subordinates.
- Clarify the objectives and terms for your team's success
Enough with wordy and boring Powerpoint presentations. Why not constantly make creative handwritten cards? Write your short-term goals for the day. Effective leaders make sure that it is realistic but at the same time still adherent to his company's metrics.
- Be direct to your worker; what they specifically need to achieve at a time
You won't want your parents to repeatedly nag at you to do the household chores, do you? And if you yourself become a parent, you could avoid what you hate. People in a working environment hate to be unnecessarily reminded from time to time. Constant yet more efficient reminders may be in the form of post-its wherein the team members could not avoid to see all the time.
You could update each one through meetings about their current status in the workplace as well. Have they already reached the target quotas? Remind them. One-on-one coaching can also be set up if possible and need be. There is no need to be a nagger. Once proper communication is set, nagging must be eliminated.
- Take the blame if necessary and show others that you can learn from them
Listening to the ideas of your team, having yourself corrected without appearing offended, and taking the responsibility for your team's fault would compel others to respect you, not just as their superior, but a decent person.
Creating a good social relationship pays well. Playing the nice guy with ingenuity, albeit being firm, depicts oneself as a worthy person to follow, thereby making it smoother for a leader to uplift his team.
- Participate in your team's actual work
Leadership is not about sitting pretty in a remote office just to sign various documents. It necessitates an actual involvement and contribution to your group's output.
It's not solely about raising commands but also creating a teamwork which is cohesive in attaining a goal, despite having different tasks. Be transparent to what tasks you ought to do with your team so that they would understand how being in your position is not all about minimizing the use of calories in your body by just being there.
- Exercise the art of questioning
Aside from making it clear to your team members what they need to achieve, you may also raise valid work-related inquiries which would develop their keen sense of problem-solving. Task management can be improved if you allow your subordinates to demonstrate if not answer a situational problem they are given with. Start asking "what ifs" to your team.
"What if the tools are down? What are the protocols? What do you think you should do if...?" In that manner, the persons you are supervising would also be able to practice their logical skills and all.
- Setting back-up plans
A true leader would arguably create contingency plans of different work scenarios. Allowing the whole team to learn this would give them an edge in aiming for the target. For example, in case of data losses or unexpected system failure, what alternative options do the team members have in order to at least minimize damage? Leaders ought to make assessments prior potential woes.
The team's direction largely depends on how the leader brings out the best in each person that he manages. So the general guidelines are worth-noting and relevant if leaders truly want to embody ingenuity in his role for being one of the foundations that a business organ should have.