Real Leaders Boost Subordinates

Serve Others – Even When You’re the Leader

It’s a given that real leaders boost subordinates.  Most leaders started out as followers. Leadership comes from mastery of a concept or idea and inspiring and motivating others to achieve a common goal.   The best leaders have spent significant time in the trenches and never stop, even after they’re promoted.

Being a leader means more than being the boss. It requires a willingness to take on more responsibilities than the team and to be willing to work just as hard, if not harder. Sadly, leadership can get a bad name if they appear disengaged.

When it comes to boosting employees, it’s important that you don’t forget about them even when you’re the boss.

Four Ways Real Leaders Boost Subordinates

Here are four ways to boost subordinates even when you’re in charge:

1. Give feedback consistently and openly. This is one of the most important things a leader can do for their team. Feedback should be timely, accurate and actionable. If a subordinate isn’t getting feedback, they may not know how to improve their performance.

2. Listen carefully. It can be hard to listen when there are other demands on our time, but it’s crucial that we pay attention to what our team members are saying. Hearing what our employees have to say will help us understand their needs and better plan for the future.

3. Encourage your team members to take risks. Sometimes the best way to learn is by doing something new—even if it’s risky. Giving your team members the freedom to try new things is one way of encouraging innovation and creativity in the workplace.

4. Make sure your policies reflect the values of your company culture and the goals of your team members. Policies that are fair and equitable will help foster a positive work environment for all staff members.

Being a leader means more than being the manager. It requires a willingness to take on more responsibilities than the team and to be willing to work just as hard, if not harder. Sadly, leadership can get a bad name if they appear disengaged.

Managers Can Give Off a Bad Vibe

The imagery of someone sitting at a desk with their feet up while others do the work that they claim for themselves leaves a bad taste in your mouth. The idea is that leaders have paid their dues and don’t have to work hard anymore. Sadly, this is a way that leadership gets a bad name. In addition, some leaders lose touch with what it takes to be on the front lines and diminish or discount the hard work of the people they lead. In both cases, this can cause a rift between leaders and teammates.

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3 Ways Real Leaders Boost Subordinates

The best leaders have a heart for service and never stop. No matter how high their leadership title, great leaders serve others and seek to better understand the needs of the people they are leading. Here are 3 easy ways real leaders boost subordinates and continue to serve, even when you’re the boss:

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1.Don’t be afraid to do the work too

2. Seek to determine what others need

3. Ask more questions

1. Delegate, but be sure to do the work too

The best leaders make time to get alongside the people they serve and do the work too. Delegating is an important function of leadership. You can’t lead if you are doing all the work but it’s important to keep morale high and keep your skills polished too. You can do both by working alongside the people you lead and showing them there’s nothing you aren’t too important to do.

Real leaders boost subordinates and keep employees engaged

2, Find out what people need to make things easier

The people you lead have a lot on their plate. They have on and off duty lives too. Keeping your finger on the pulse of what they need offers opportunities for you to serve them and build their trust and respect for you. Great leaders know when their teams need something to make their work easier or to offset troubles they have off the clock. Stay in touch and in tune with your teams and you’ll transform your leadership skills exponentially.

3. Always ask questions

Leaders have to hand down a lot of policies and procedures that their teams have to follow. Whether it’s your family or people you lead for work, asking them questions and getting their input can help everyone feel heard and valued. Sometimes someone you lead might have an idea or a process that is better than the one you came up with. Great leaders include their wealth of resources in their leadership. This includes asking questions of the people they lead, keeping an open mind,- and really listening to feedback.

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Serving others, even when you’re the leader, is vital. There’s no title too high that excludes someone from service. There are many ways to lead and many ways to serve and the two always go hand in hand.

Even More Ways to Boost Subordinates

Here are four ways real leaders boost subordinates even when you’re in charge:

1. Give feedback consistently and openly

This is one of the most important things a leader can do for their team. Feedback should be timely, accurate and actionable. If a subordinate isn’t getting feedback, they may not know how to improve their performance.

2. Listen carefully

It can be hard to listen when there are other demands on our time, but it’s crucial that we pay attention to what our team members are saying. Hearing what our employees have to say will help us understand their needs and better plan for the future.

3. Encourage your team members to take risks

Mentoring boosts subordinates and trains them to take prudent risks

Sometimes the best way to learn is by doing something new—even if it’s risky. Giving your team members the freedom to try new things is one way of encouraging innovation and creativity in the workplace.

4. Your policies reflect values of your company culture and your team members’ goals

Policies that are fair and equitable will help foster a positive work environment for all staff members.

Conclusion
There are many ways real leaders boost subordinates and continue to grow as a leader. It is critical to continue to develop your skills in this regard. Be open to feedback and and continually work to upgrade your communication and problem-solving abilities. As a leader, you play an important role in the success of your team and organization. By growing and developing your own skills, you can continue to boost employees and help them reach their potential as well.
It is important to find what works best for you and continue to strengthen your skill in nurturing subordinates to improve their engagement and your effectiveness.
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Growing as a Leader – 3 Tips

Introduction to Growing as a Leader

Growing as a leader

There are many ways to grow as a leader. It is important to find what works best for you and continue to develop your skills. Be open to feedback and new ideas, and always work to improve your communication and problem-solving abilities. As a leader, you play an important role in the success of your team or company. By growing and developing your own skills, you can help others reach their potential as well and make a difference and increase your impact in your organization.

If you have become a manager recently. your promotion isn’t the end of the line.  You’ve only just begun the leadership journey. Becoming a leader qualifies you to lead others, but your skills will grow over time making you more and more effective. Growing as a leader should always be the goal whether you’ve just begun or you’ve been leading for years.

Common Leadership Traits

leadership traits

The best leaders have 3 traits in common. They generally are :

  • Confident
  • Considerate
  • Consistent

Being confident, considerate, and consistent are not static things. They change all the time. Being confident wanes from time to time when work throws curve balls. Being kind and considerate of others can be a challenge when you’re overly stressed or worried. Consistency gets jeopardized when life is overwhelming or underwhelming. That’s why great leaders are always working on these areas of their lives.

Maintaining Growth as a Leader

Here are some practical ways to keep growing as a leader in the areas of confidence, consideration, and consistency.

1.Confidence
Pay Attention to what Gets You Down

We all have the triggers that affect our confidence. It’s possible to be highly confident in one area of life and completely wrecked in another. Pay attention to what gets you down at certain points of life. Your confidence might need to be bolstered here and there, even when you’re leading. Life’s circumstances can trigger areas where you don’t feel strong. Seek to find solutions when you feel your confidence get weak and you’ll be able to overcome your insecurities and become a more effective leader in the process.

2. Consideration
Pay Attention when You Feel Disinterested

When life’s firing on all cylinders it’s easy to be kind and considerate. People respect leaders who are fair and decent. They resist leaders who are harsh, unrealistic, and mean. Your off-duty life could be affecting your on-duty leadership. If you’re going through a tough time, it’s a great time to stretch and grow and learn new stress management techniques or how to overcome overwhelm. Whether you are leading a community project or a team at work, being considerate is a primary character trait of successful leadership.

3. Consistency
Pay Attention When You Are Erratic

One of the key characteristics of great leadership is dependability and consistency. That how you show up is the same today, tomorrow, and down the line. The surest thing to breach trust with others is to be erratic. When it comes to leadership, consistency is key. If you find that you are going through a season where you’re dropping the ball or you are acting in unpredictable ways, it’s a great time to grow as a leader and learn how to manage yourself and get back on track.

Leadership is not a destination, it’s a journey. Being an effective leader includes the commitment to grow. The issues you face today, won’t be the same tomorrow. The people you lead on and off duty will cause you to need new skills. Keep focused on your confidence, consideration, and consistency so you can grow and maintain high-quality leadership skills.

Growing as a leader

More Tips
Here are five more tips to help you grow as a leader:
1. Be open to constructive feedback and use it to improve your skills
2. Seek out learning opportunities and invest in your own growth
3. Take on new challenges and push yourself outside of your comfort zone
4. Build relationships with others who can help you grow and support your development
5. Find ways to give back and share what you’ve learned with others.
Tips for how to maintain your leadership growth
Conclusion
Following these tips will help you grow as a leader. Remember to always be open to learning and growing, stay humble, and be focused on your goals. As a leader, it is important to lead by example and always put the needs of your team first. Lastly, remember to take new steps and lead in new ways.  But most of all – enjoy the journey!
Maintaing growth as a leader
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Part 2 – More Manager Behaviors that Illustrate Effective Leadership

In Part 2 of this article we review a second set of 5 manager behaviors to determine if a manager reflects effective technical leadership.

We see that manager behavior includes all the tasks accomplished by a single individual (in smaller firms) or several persons (in larger organizations). The objectives of managing are to plan and control their subordinates activities. That leads to the achievement of objectives not possible if those subordinates acted independently.

Effective Technical Leadership in Manager Behaviors

In general, there are five overall manager behaviors that come into play in managing:

  • Planning
  • Organizing
  • Staffing
  • Leading
  • Controlling

So, managers will engage in most or all the above functions of planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling to one extent or another. How much of each element depends on the organization. The specific needs, methods and practices of the organization, and the level at which the manager sits will determine the extent of each. I.e., lower level managers, might not have too much input on staffing, if this is done further up the chain of command. But, a consistent theme through all levels of management is that managers are required to attain results or outcomes through subordinates.

Let’s review managerial behaviors 6 – 10 to see if your team has effective technical leadership:

6. Workers Look to You for Advice  

Are you familiar to your teammates as a subject-matter expert (SME)? Do they frequently chat with you for advice or a solution? If so, you are a strong candidate for leadership. People come to you for your thinking since you give them answers that are well-thought out, timely and honest. This shows that you grasp how your company works and what you need and your team needs to do.  With a sufficient amount of experience and knowledge you become a terrific resource. People often come to you for solutions to the challenges they can’t figure out.   You need to develop a following among your teammates. Since you are a ‘go-to’ person, your willingness to aid co-workers will attract them to you naturally. 

7. Workers Outside Your Team Recognize You as a Good Manager  

Other groups of people – even your customers perceive you as a great manager. You’re knowledgeable and you exhibit a good grasp of the company’s business. You do that not only in your core responsibility but also beyond. This will give you a broad perspective on the way things work. And also a feel for how they should be working.  When you’re in a leadership position, you need to have a close grasp of what is happening in the market and the potential challenges that are going to confront your company. With a good amount of knowledge of on-the-ground realities, you can ride your company through during challenging times to the top. 

8. Newer and Better Ways of Running the Business  

Your recommendations can be successful for the company by devising work flows that lead to improvements in the use of resources and time. Now that is a great quality that gets you a promotion to the ‘leader of the pack.’ New ideas and processes are vital to improved efficiency for the company. People in leadership have responsibility to squeeze every ounce of efficiency out of company resources. Making the workforce and processes more productive will reduce the time to produce a given volume of output. It will also reduce the time it takes you to make the jump up the ladder.

9. Concentrates When Listening 

If you attentively listen to your coworkers and teammates and help them resolve roadblocks, it adds to your ‘cred” and to your odds of enter ping manager ranks.   Fellow workers approach you to discuss anything they are dissatisfied with. You don’t feel it boring or ‘none of my business’ while you were listening to them. You know you don’t come across as not having time to speak to your employees or coworkers when they come to you with their problem that needs solving. 

You need to be a good listener to exhibit effective leadership. Being a good listener convinces other managers that you care for your team and that you are empathetic.   Besides, it will keep you engaged.

When your employees understand that you care for them they will be ready to work harder and deliver beyond expectations.   Employees are generally used to returning the favor by a leader who cares for them. In this regard, they consider who the leader is, what they bring, how they are going to benefit from them and how they are going to benefit the company as a whole.   Employees look for leaders who take care of them and who are reliable at both the workplace and outside.  

Empathetic leaders listen with patience. This manager behavior brings them respect. When you listen frequently you tend to become a compassionate leader.   Leaders in an elevated position will be extremely mindful of what is going on around them. How? They listen! They use both verbal and non-verbal cues.   When leaders listen, they are not sensing what is being said, they engage in dialogue to get the real story. 

10. Comfortable When Others Attain the Next Level 

If you see everyone’s potential, you encourage them to take steps to be promoted to the next level.   Significantly, when you are in a leadership position, you need to take care of everyone in the team. It is not just the most talented employee that you need to consider.   Make everyone perform at the highest efficiency level so that it will make each person themselves a better performer and it will also help the company doing the job at a higher efficiency.     

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Flexicrew , founded in 2008, focusing on fast and flexible staffing solutions. Flexicrew uses technology and industry best-practices to deliver the most talented and qualified workers–skilled and entry level to employers within most major industries. Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN with current plans to continue expanding in the TN, GA, NC, and north AL markets.