Unfortunately, it’s human nature to fall into certain habits, and whilst you may well strive to maintain a progressive attitude as a leader, it may well be the case that you’ve inadvertently found yourself perpetuating the same damaging routines.
Learning and bettering ourselves is in no way limited to people outside of the management sphere, so here are five key habits that you need to be conscious of when leading your team.
1. Being too busy to connect with your team
Being upper management is stressful and inevitably some days you may not find time in your schedule to ensure that your staff are confident in their tasks. However, when days turn into weeks, issues will start to rise, and your lack of connection could mean that you miss them.
2. Not being ‘present’
The working week involves a multitude of multi-tasking and whilst the to-do list in your mind may well be invading your thought space, it’s important to remain present and in-the-moment when tackling meetings and office work. Not paying attention to your environment leads to mistakes and missed comments, which in turn leads to more work in the process of trying to catch-up.
One of the age-old gripes employees have about their boss is the tendency to micro-manage. Whilst your input may well be valuable, it’s essential to let employees have agency over their work. Hovering, constantly reviewing output and incessantly adding comment will only alienate the workforce and leave your team running for cover whenever you enter the room.
4. Leading by example
The actions of a boss directly affect the actions of their staff. If you want a sharp-dressed workforce, it’s essential that you arrive at work in a suit and tie, or formal workwear. The same is true for working hours. Regardless of your position, enforcing the importance of punctuality can be compromised by consistently arriving late and leaving early. When you’re in the workplace, be conscious of your actions - your employees are watching.
5. Refusing to listen
Even in an administrative position, your employees should never feel like their input isn’t valuable. Often, the most innovative ideas in a company can come from staff round-tables and town hall meetings in which all employees feel empowered to speak up and offer insight. That being said, such meetings lose all potency if staff members feel that their comments are falling on deaf ears.
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