Succeeding — Leading Your Team: Excite and Motivate

THE TRUE LEADER IS THE ONE PEOPLE WANT TO FOLLOW

This feels like a softer skill set but it is not.  Nothing is more frustrating than to be on the floor with a clear picture of what needs to be accomplished and have someone acting as a barrier to progress by setting policies, procedures or standards that inhibit progress.  By the same token, to be a high end producer and have no one notice the extra effort you are putting in is a formula for losing a great employee.

Keep the following in mind:

  • Do not let individuals who are not on board inhibit the group from moving forward
  • Listen actively, encourage debate and act on recommendations that can improve the business and make people’s jobs easier
  • Assess policies, procedures and standards every six months to see which ones can be eliminated thereby freeing up time, people and resources
  • Coach and mentor staff to be the best they can be and to reach their goals
  • Create a climate of enthusiasm and fair process where each person’s voice is heard, debate happens, and when a conclusion is reached people understand why the decision was made
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