Leadership Advice, a great leader is one that is there for the good and the bad.
There’s nothing worse than a leader who takes all the credit (for your hard work) or who will you leave out to dry when shit hits the fan. A great leader will not only empower their employees to do their best, they will also highlight staff to others so their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.
Are you new to leadership and not sure how you can avoid the pitfalls of poor leadership?
Here’s some tips to help you get started:
- Have 1:1 meetings with staff
- Follow up with Emails
- Have fun
- Have 1:1 meetings with staff – it is important to meet with staff individually. Create a template/guide for yourself to fill out. By having a structured guide it allows you to be consistent among your staff and during each call. It also gives you a place to keep record of your 1:1 meetings. This also helps in creating clear guidelines for staff and helps in keeping them accountable to goals. A sample 1:1 template is below for your use.
- Follow up with Emails – After any meetings, 1:1s or other important events send a follow up meeting to staff. By communicating the information it increases the likelihood that everyone is on the same page. This is also a great time to highlight staff. Example: Hi everyone, just wanted to send a reminder about XYZ and a quick shout out to Jane for her hard work in putting the report together. Hi everyone, it looks like we didn’t meet our goal this week. Let’s look how we can improve this for next month. See the word “we” in the email – even if you’re not doing the front-line work, taking responsibility for how your staff are doing is important. If you’re a parent or dog owner, you wouldn’t say it was their fault they didn’t know any better you would take ownership of your role.
- Have fun – I don’t know where people got the idea that “work” and “life” should be serious and not fun. Have fun with your employees – this could be a Meme Wars, having a fun lunch, a friendly competition, and the list goes on. Ask your staff what they like to do and if there are any team activities they would like to do together.
Here is an example of a 1:1 template you can use:
What are some great leadership tips you’d wish you knew when you became a leader? What did you like about your best supervisor?