Leading is a hot seat and some of us embrace it and some of us don’t. But whatever it is, your leadership style will be reflected in your organization. So here are five simple ways, to overhaul leading model:
Hands off, but be present. A leader who has his or her hand in every single task may seem like a great idea, but it jumbles up the works. Let the managers do their jobs but don’t absent yourself from the day-to-day: far more validating to let them run with it, and then be there when you’re needed.
Honesty. Whatever ethical plane you hold yourself to, when you are responsible for a team of people, it’s important to raise the bar even higher. Your business and its employees are a reflection of yourself, and if you make the honest and ethical behavior a key value, your team will follow suit.
Embrace difference. Organizational true north is when all are working towards a shared mission: That’s where the conformity should be. A leader sets the compass point so everyone else can get on the same path. But that doesn’t mean everyone takes the same route or handles it the same way. Shoehorning behavior is a myth: It’s action that needs to conform. Don’t mistake shared mission for uniform conformity.
Stay open. The world of work is vertical: It’s nearly impossible to not be thrust into a position of having to lead whether they want to or not. So practice. Try different techniques. Get the books and test out their theories. If someone’s approach appeals, take a closer look. Collect those good quotes, those chestnuts of wisdom that make you feel a little bolder. Align that sense of growth and wonder with your culture.
Positive Attitude. Everybody likes to work in a fun environment. You want to keep your team motivated towards the continued success of the company and keep the energy levels up. Whether that means providing snacks, coffee, relationship advice, or even just an occasional beer in the office, remember that everyone on your team is a person. Keep the office mood a fine balance between productivity and playfulness.
Does an organization ever act on its own, despite a leader? Even if they do, they’re inheriting that unilateral impulse from the leader — what looks like despite is actually because. The truth is, regardless of size, scope, mission, or brand, an organization cannot run without a leader, and no leader is an island.