There is way too much information out there on how to become a better leader. But which tips and tricks actually work? The simplest way to become a better leader is to hold onto the essentials and keep the team motivated – the basics always work the best, even in 2019.
Let’s take a look at some of the most effective tips to become a better leader this year.
This is truly the simplest piece of advice anyone can give you on being a better leader. But how exactly is a mere smile and leadership linked? Smiling makes you happy, doesn’t it? When you smile, you transmit the positivity to your team members, and they smile back as a response, sharing mutual feelings of joy with you. What’re the consequences? Happy teams work harder, deliver better performance and attain higher productivity levels. In terms of numbers, your happiest employees will be around 180% more energized and 108% more engaged than other employees.
Aren’t the differences astonishing? So smile away… as much as you can! After all, there is nothing to lose.
Live a Stress-Free Life
Workplaces are full of frustrations and are often a source of stress. If not addressed, your teams will feel the negativity in the air and may even quit eventually. A study claims that around 40% of people move to other opportunities only because their employers failed to address the sources of stress at the workplace. Some of them may have been minor sources, like micromanagement or chasing after colleagues, but eventually, even the smallest sources of stress can quickly blow up and rupture.
So make sure that office is stress-free. You will notice the difference in outcome when you work calmly.
Don’t Force Your Team to be in the Office Unnecessarily
No more are 12-hour shifts essential for greater productivity levels. Results are obtained not by working harder or longer, but by working smarter. And your team can do this only when they are relaxed and not confined to work premises unnecessarily. Give them the flexibility they want. No, this won’t affect productivity levels. Flexibility motivates employees, making them work with greater interest and determination. And hence, engagement levels rise, along with employee retention.
Remember that your employees are humans as well and do need family and leisure time after office hours. So give them the flexibility they crave.
Invest in the Team
Even if your team is doing well, there is always room for improvement. So invest in them so that they learn new technology and acquire more skills. This will ensure that you get the most out of them this year.
Practice the above tips, and you will become a better leader this year, directing your team forward to bigger and greater successes.
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