Don’t micromanage. Leaders don’t do all the work. They inspire and train others to make decisions with confidence. If you are always nitpicking on things and doing it yourself, then you’re sending a signal to your employees that you really don’t want their help. That’s not leadership at all. Take a step back and figure out how you can inspire your employees to make the right decisions.
Promotions, bonuses and raises should always be fairly distributed and based on performance. Don’t simply promote the person who has been working with you the longest or hand out the biggest raise to a family member. Your employees will be more motivated when they know that they can earn tangible rewards for working hard. Charismatic leaders have a powerful ability to attract and inspire other members of the group. One of the most effective tools of the charismatic leader is a tendency to view and describe risk as highly attractive. By tackling risky projects, they appear courageous and engaged. These qualities serve to further highlight the powerful pull of a charismatic leader. Don’t assume that your staff can read your mind. Make sure they understand exactly what’s expected of them. Be available to support and assist all of your employees.
If you’re leading other people you should take the time to let them know what they mean to you. It only takes a moment to write a short thank-you, or “good job” note, and it can mean a lot to someone who is working hard all day. That little acknowledgement can brighten a day, and lift a mood, and costs you nothing.
Make sure your subordinates and coworkers know that you are someone who is approachable. You probably don’t want to leave holes in your schedule for conversation and socialization, but it’s necessary. Your employees expect and deserve your guidance, respect and appreciation. With it, they can become your greatest business asset. Without it, they become a tremendous business liability. You may be a visionary with excellent insight into your company’s market sector, but you don’t know everything. Your subordinates may be in more intimate contact with part of the market as part of their job. If your marketing director says that your advertising isn’t appropriate for your target audience, listen to her. She’s probably right.