Common sense for superlative leadership
You may say that it's impossible to be an admired leader given the
tough environment today and that you cannot please your subordinates all
the time, but push them to get the best. Leaders are always looking for
ways to become more effective which usually ends up in pressure on team
The best way is to try and improve people's skills by following a
common sense approach that is simple, reliable and more importantly
sustainable. If you want high productivity from your staff consider
these suggestions to better manage subordinates. Engage and show
compassion if you are always yelling, busy, distracted, unfocused or
generally miserable, get over yourself first.
Engage your staff, in conversation, show compassion, be a
cheer-leader, smile, motivate and communicate. Never forget that you set
the tone for the team.
It is your job to establish communication with your people not the
other way around. Remember that a boss who is approachable is one whom
the staff can trust and will more likely perform better without the fear
Consistency in direction
There is nothing more frustrating to an employee than bosses who
change their mind every other day. No one wants to follow someone who is
chaotic, unsure, and unpredictable. Good leadership requires a clear and
consistent direction and message. Not only set clear goals, but have
proper follow-up too. If the staff thinks that you will give orders ,but
never check back, you do not know what you are missing.
Set high standards
Don't let actions or undesirable work habits get established. Nip it
in the bud. Always set standards.
If employees recognise that you will accept substandard performance,
then that is what you will receive. Holding high standards will
consistently send the message that quality of work is just as important
as quantity of work.
Favouritism only based on performance
It is certainly fine to show favouritism towards employees, as long
as it is based on performance. Promotions, rewards, and favours should
be given to high performers who do their job well. Rewarding misaligned
behaviour will be counter productive to effective business. It sends the
wrong message to the wrong doer, and it will also create resentment from
the rest of the staff.
Reward good performance
When you accomplish your goals, know that it did not happen
accidentally. Reward those who participated and contributed to the
success. When you reward those who already know that they were part of
this success, it motivates them to continue to do better, increases the
likelihood to repeat this good performance, and instills pride.
Make it a goal that everybody wins, the customer, the employee, and
of course the business. You will lead a successful team if you are an
approachable leader, who is consistent- a goal setter who leads with a
plan, sets reasonable expectations and always support. One who is fair,
and who shares success. Use your common sense!