When leading others, it’s important to have different techniques to use for all the situations that come up when leading. It is also important to inspire the people you are leading and meet them where they are. Think of yourself as the one your people look to for the vision, guidance, and remaining strong during the rough times.
Here are successful techniques to use when leading others:
- Focus on the company’s mission and vision. Every project you’re asking your team to do must be viewed through the lens of the mission and vision of the company. If it isn’t, then you must ask why are we doing it?
- Follow through on your commitments. When you make a commitment in a meeting or to an employee, make sure you follow through.
- Avoid micromanaging. Micromanaging can de-motivate the people you are trying to lead. It leaves the impact of you don’t trust them to do their job. Trust your people that they have the skillset needed to do their job. If they don’t, look for the opportunity to help them get those skills.
- Empower your team. Give them the room to come up with the way that works best for them to get the outcome you have given them. Let them know you have their back and they can do it.
- Listen to the needs of others. If you listen carefully, you’ll discover more about what motivates your team members and use that knowledge to help them grow.
- Let your team come up with the answers. Then pick the one direction you and the team agree on and then you commit to that direction.
- Admit mistakes. Pretending that a mistake didn’t happen will make your coworkers lose respect for you.
- Know your limits. By being clear with what you will tolerate and not tolerate helps you set and keep clear boundaries.
- Keep an open-door policy. Let your team members know that you’re willing to listen to them at any time.
- Stay flexible. A real leader can be flexible while still being in charge. Keep your ego out of leading and do what’s right for the situation. It isn’t a popularity game.
- Stay confident. Confidence is contagious.
- Be clear about your expectations. This allows your team to be clear and focused on the task.
- Work on weaknesses. If mistakes or issues appear, it’s important to work through them to find positive solutions.
- Be willing to become a mentor. Invest in the next generation by helping them learn and grow.
You lead others in more than one way. Match the technique to the situation. It’s important to find methods that work for you and your people. Show up and lead your people like you would want to be led.