As you move through your career, you may reach the point when you begin leading a team. And if you’re a typical millennial leader, you may reach that point sooner than you may have anticipated. Take a deep calming breath and let that sink in. You may not have wanted to be a leader, but you are. There’s no getting away from that now.
It’s not all bad news, though. There are ways to make this work for you. And most of those ways involve your staff and the way you treat them. If you want to be the type of leader who can motivate your team to help you reach your goals. Here Michelle Jones from digital marketing agency, Rogerwilco, shares her top tips.
Acknowledge your staff
Your staff should never doubt for a moment how you feel about them. Make sure their work and performance are acknowledged. They should never be left to guess how they’re performing and whether they’re a valued member of your team. Yes, this may sound like handholding to you. But the reality is that the majority of your team is likely younger than you are. And that means you’ll need to do a fair bit of hand-holding, at least in the beginning. Richard Branson, businessman and investor, has a good point to make about this. He says: “I have always believed that the way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers, and that people flourish when they are praised.”
Keep the lines of communication open
Just as your staff shouldn’t be left to guess how they’re performing, they also shouldn’t be left to wonder what's happening in the business. Regular meetings should be scheduled where you keep them updated about company goings-on. This could include recent hirings and resignations, new business and major updates. Without these, they’ll begin to feel unappreciated and undervalued.
Admit when you’ve been wrong
Going down an incorrect path is a waste of everyone’s time. If you’ve made a mistake, be sure to admit it, find a solution and move on. Take advice and suggestions from your staff about how the situation can be rectified. This is important for you as a leader and is something you should be encouraging your staff to do. After all, you set the example for how they're doing their jobs.
Promote open communication
Gone are the days when leaders sit in closed offices and aren’t available to their team. It’s important that you’re always available to your team member and that they know they can always come to you. Be clear that you expect the same from them. The longer someone keeps key information to themselves, the more it can negatively impact the business.
Share the profits
When team members deserve a share of the profits, they should be included. After all, it’s the staff who are helping to grow the business. They should be incentivised to make it as successful as possible. At the very least, they should know what you expect them to achieve to meet these goals.
It’s not difficult to be the type of team leader that people want to work for. But it is easy to mess up the relationship between yourself and members of your team. These tips can make it simple to be the type of leader people want to work for.