By Ryann Dowdy, CEO/Founder of Uncensored Advice: Be in the Roomsales coach, business strategist and bestselling author.
A great leader doesn’t have to be outgoing or the life of the party – they just need to know how to motivate and inspire others, which can bring business success. Great leaders are not born; they are made. These are the most important things any good leader should do to get great results from their team.
A great leader knows how to find the right people and engage them in the company’s mission: to inspire them and build their sense of pride and ownership. Hiring a great team alone is not enough.
You should also inspire your team to be creative and take action. You can do this by empowering your people and giving them opportunities to contribute new ideas and teach others what they know best.
Inspiration is key, but take it one step further and use this tactic to motivate your team. Let your employees know how their lives will improve on a personal level when company/team goals are achieved. The truth is, employees don’t really care about business goals, they care about their personal goals.
Communicate how achieving business goals can help them achieve their personal goals as well. This can be in the form of a bonus, salary increase or extra vacation days. Either way, linking your goals to theirs is a surefire way for employees to feel motivated to fully invest in business growth. Everyone wins.
Trust is the foundation of any great team and it starts with the leader. If you trust your team, they are more likely to want to do a good job for you. Confidence can allow them to take responsibility for a project rather than simply ticking off the tasks. They are more likely to go all in and do their best.
They may not use the exact process or follow the exact steps you would have taken, and that’s okay. Trust them to use their strengths and create a stunning end result – the result can be a result far greater than you ever expected.
To be a good leader, you need to understand that your employees are people too. There may be times when they need compassion and understanding. People don’t always function at 100%. We all have our bad days and we all go through tough times in life that affect our ability to stay focused and be creative in the workplace.
Offer compassion and understanding when you feel an employee is struggling, even if those issues are not work-related. You’ll often find that your team returns the favor by devoting themselves fully to business tasks when they’re feeling their best.
If you want your employees to respect you, you have to show them that you respect them. Their time is just as valuable as yours. Their goals are just as important as yours. Their knowledge is just as important as yours.
Remember you hired them because you value their intelligence and input. It’s okay to let them have the last word on some decisions. Trusting them to make big decisions is perhaps the highest form of respect. If you show mutual respect, they are more likely to feel motivated to do their best work. And when your employees are happy and productive, you and your business can benefit.
Being a good leader is critical to creating overall success. Your team needs confidence, inspiration and motivation from you. It is critical to remember to show respect and compassion to your team. It’s not always easy, but it’s 100% worth it because if you can be a great leader, your team can respond with great results.