Humans are social animals. We love to have a good chat, spend time with friends and family, and look forward to working in well-supported offices, mostly in a team. The environment that most are used to, involves a senior or “the boss”, team leaders, and members. This leadership hierarchy is maintained so as to put one person at the top tier to supervise the workings of the company and ensuring its smooth running. Other team members play an equally important role in running the company well and achieving targets. Who wouldn’t love to work under an excellent supervisor who cares about his employee and their well-being? To become a leader, a person has to start from the bottom and work his way up, showing his juniors how it’s done.
Let’s talk a little about a few strategies that showcase good leadership qualities.
There are changes happening every day. Be it in education, politics, healthcare, wellness, or at the workplace. A well-rounded team leader involved in managing a project has to constantly evolve to make it a success. It is extremely important to work well as a group and towards a common goal. It goes without saying, that a huge chunk of the responsibility rests on the leader’s shoulder. These are some of the features of leadership which are welcomed by all.
- One who understands his team’s strengths and weaknesses – each member has his/her own role to play in a team. As humans, everyone has a different personality and works well in their expertise. Likewise, they each have their strengths and weaknesses. A team leader should know each member, their positives, and negatives. This will certainly help in allocating the right jobs and responsibilities, thus extracting the maximum potential. What else do you need for achieving results? Moreover, employees would also be confident in performing tasks that they’re comfortable with.
- A leader leads by example- other than making his team members work, a leader should also be actively involved in it. He should have a strong idea about the goals, the tasks involved, expenses, time frame, and putting in his best to manage his employees. There should be regular meetings to check progress. These should also include healthy discussions, input from members, and amending any difficulties that they may be facing. A leader must give everyone an opportunity to express themselves and involve all his members in these meetings. It’s also a good time to catch up! This would really help in charting the way forward and strategizing plans. A leader can also make better decisions based on these inputs since he would be having a clearer picture.
- One who cares for the wellness of his team- lately there has been a lot of advancement relating to the wellness of employees. Mental health in the workplace is being given equal importance nowadays since it holds an important place in work culture. There were times when it was all work and this had had a drastic impact on the overall performance of a company. There are a few changes that are being adopted. These include taking care of employees’ mental well-being as well. How did companies and leaders evolve on this front? The introduction of wellness programs was a welcome addition. These programs focused on the overall health and wellness of an employee. There are several ways of designing a wellness program that works for a company by taking into consideration the various dynamics that a company is based on. It has become the responsibility of the leader to ensure that his members take care of their wellness amidst their job. This gives them some breathing space and time to reflect. This acts like an energy booster that renews an employee’s zeal. A leader who is in the loop regarding any difficulties that are being encountered by his colleague is bound to give him some time off as well. This also improves the relationship between team members and leaders.
- One who motivates- a leader who motivates and encourages his colleagues with just the right amount of strictness and discipline will be respected by all. Such a senior wouldn’t be pushy or discouraging or raise his voice against team members. He offers timely incentives which motivate members and reinforces their confidence.
There are a lot of leadership traits that a person is encouraged to build in order to be a top administrator and manager who knows the ins and outs of his company.