We have all been a leader/manager at some point in our lives and if you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably in a similar role right now.
Nothing I say on this topic will be new or anything you haven’t heard before but from my personal experience of leading and being led by others, here are the top 4 Leadership/Management Do’s & Don’ts I’ve learned along the way (the good, the bad, and the ugly…)
Have you ever worked your butt off for someone who seems like they don’t notice your hard work and never thank you for giving them your best? It can be one of the most discouraging things. It has happened to me on multiple occasions and takes a lot of character to continue going above and beyond for someone who acts like they could care less.
On the latter, I have had managers and clients that show their appreciation and gratitude for everything done for them (whether big or small) and it has made the BIGGEST difference! Those type of leaders make you feel like you’re invincible and really make you want to go the extra mile.
Be encouraging! Deliver more praise than criticism.
People will follow those that they connect with and believe in. You don’t always need to know it all or be able to do everything. If your followers trust you, they will support and follow you in any circumstance.
“Acknowledging weakness doesn’t make a leader less effective. On the contrary, in most cases, it is simply a way of expressing that he understands what everyone else has known for some time. When you acknowledge your weaknesses to the rest of your team, it is never new information.” (Andy Stanley, Next Generation Leader: Five Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future. Colorado Springs: Multnomah Books, 2003, p.26)
Be an example
Don’t talk the talk; walk the walk. Set the pace of the organization. Don’t enforce working hours if you’re not willing to follow them. Don’t tell your employees to treat your customers/clients with respect—show them how!
Continually work on yourself each and every day… Remember, character far outweighs competency, charisma, or competition.