Lead Your Team At Work and All Will Be Happy

June 10th, 2015 | Articles, Food for Thought, Hiring Resources | No Comments »

A few days ago, a LinkedIn article was posted titled “The First Rule of Leadership”, and the title caught my eye. Is there one first rule of leadership? What really defines leadership? Does being a leader help you hire good people or get a job yourself? I think there really is no negative side to being a leader. Having leadership skills can take you over the hill you may be climbing to land your dream job or get that promotion you’ve always wanted. What do you think the first rule of leadership is? Any guesses? Let’s explore some options that could be the first rules, or just good rules in general, when it comes to being a leader to others.

  • Being prepared to manage the space around you is IMPORTANT — by managing this space you allow your employees and coworkers to do their best job and be the best version of themselves in a work setting   

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As the author of the LinkedIn piece, John Hicks, says, “Of course, you will need to know the direction and objectives for your business or organization, but if you don’t have the right factors for enabling your staff to have the best shot at achieving their goals, quite simply you are not going to be successful.”

Now, you know that managing the space around is crucial to being a leader. So with knowing this fact comes other questions. A question you might ask…what do you need to manage that space? Here are some key things you need to do to be a leader at your office or in your team or just at your day to day job, even if you don’t manage others.

  1. X-Ray Vision — see the world around you at work!
  2. Big Ears — be a good listener!

So, yes, there are only two things listed above. Looking and listening are key! Let people know you are aware of all of the activity and scenarios that are happening in your office or on your team. Have X-Ray vision. Look out for what is going on amongst the other members of your team. If you see someone who doesn’t seem to be on the ball, reach out to that person, and then listen to their concerns. X-Ray vision will let you see what is under the surface…well at least try to see down to the root of how your team members are doing in their day-to-day work lives.

Find out your people’s strengths and weaknesses. See what it takes to highlight their strengths and let them shine and benefit your whole organization. Listen to any thoughts they have on barriers that are keeping them from shining and being a superstar in your office. Notice your surroundings and take note of your team. The author is a professional and he notes the types of listening that he thinks are essential. 

  1. Listen to what you are hearing and what you are thinking internally. Listen and take time to figure out what you need and what you need to know to help your team members be more productive. This type of listening can make you a leader. 
  2. Focus intently on the team member when they are speaking. Be present. Don’t be distracted. Focusing makes you a better leader and makes your organization flourish in the process, because when you focus, there are less problems that were missed.
  3. Energy is a factor. Understand the energy you are giving off and the energy you are receiving from your team.
  4. Focus on direction. If you are a leader, be a leader. Know what needs to get done. If you don’t know, then your team definitely won’t know.  If you are guiding them, then truly guide them. Give direction, but collaborate, too.

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