With leadership comes responsibilities. As a leader, your duty doesn’t simply end with ensuring that your team is capable of meeting your business goals in a timely manner. There’s much more that you need to take care of.
One of those responsibilities is to create a healthy work environment for your employees that promotes both personal and professional growth. For that, you should be able to set standards for their attitudes, values and behaviors.
As a leader, doing that is easy because your employees already look up to you for motivation and inspiration. But how do you meet their expectation and become a positive role model for your employees?
Here are three ways to do just that.
1. Lead And Inspire
A good leader does not simply tell their employees what to do and what not to do. Instead, they lead the way to show the employees how to do things. In doing so, you take up different responsibilities and work hard alongside your employees to achieve your goals.
As a leader, you should never believe any work to be below you. Don’t hesitate to take up these tasks yourself, if necessary. Doing this helps you demonstrate your commitment toward your business and inspires your employees to do the same. It also helps promote an environment where people believe in collective action rather than focusing on their individual performances.
2. Appreciate Those Around You
One trait that you’ll commonly find in successful people is their ability to recognize and appreciate other people’s efforts and hard work. It may not feel like an important trait, but doing so will help your employees understand that you value their efforts and hard work.
But that’s not all. Appreciating others also speaks volumes about how you perceive your employees. When people see you putting effort into noticing simple things, they will start respecting you more and learn to do the same with others. When more people do that, it’s easy to turn your workspace into a positive and healthy environment.
3. Build Trust
Another very important way to demonstrate the traits of a positive role model is to build trust among your employees. But trust is not something that can be built within a day or two. You have to work on it to make your employees believe that you have their back and that you can be trusted.
You can do that by being fair and honest with your employees. Don’t ever lie to them or keep them in the dark when it’s important for them to know about things. Sometimes you may make mistakes. As humans, we all mistakes, and that’s okay. What’s not okay is not to accept responsibility for those mistakes. Admit when you know you’re wrong and ask for help if you need it. When your employees see you doing that, they will follow in your footsteps to do the same. This will help build transparency among the team, which is very important to be successful.
But remember that it’s equally important for your employees to know that you trust them, too. One way of making them believe that is to empower them with decision-making abilities. You can start by allowing them to make decisions that are reversible. That way, even if they make a mistake, you can rectify it. But in the end, they will know that you trust them, too.
Being a boss is easy. Being a leader and a positive role model can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. You might think that you don’t have the qualities to be a positive role model, but by practicing the traits of successful people, you too can inspire and motivate people.
The original article can be found at: Forbes (Entrepreneurs)