Be a better leader with these 5 new year’s resolutions
* Learn to have trust in your team through delegation, etc.
* People under you would like to know what to expect from you
* Make sure you have the right people on your team
In keeping with tradition, nearly every one of us starts the new year by making various resolutions. For a majority, classic ones, such as health, fitness, better work-life balance and better money control are sure to feature.
But what about the leaders among us? Are they also focusing on such personal goals or are they thinking outside that box, as it were?
If they are thinking about being better leaders, they’d do well to consider following these five tips for 2017, provided by Mike Hoff, certified Gazelles International coach and the founder of Dubai-based executive consultants, MHC.
Don’t micromanage, delegate
People in authority, whether at work or elsewhere, might not be too comfortable delegating responsibilities to their subordinates or team members. But Hoff advises leaders to delegate more and more: “This has a dramatic impact on the company and employee satisfaction,” he says.
Citing a 2015 study conducted by employee engagement firm TINYpulse, Hoff notes employees who feel micromanaged are 28 per cent more likely to leave their jobs. “As a leader, you need to trust that the team members you have employed will be able to take on the work and do it to the best of their abilities,” he explains.
Delegation also allows the leader more time to empower the team and support a productive environment.
People generally like to know what to expect, especially from their leaders. “A sign of strength in a leader is consistency,” Hoff says.
A leader should take the time to ensure that they do everything in a consistent manner. This allows employees to operate at ease in a familiar environment.
One of the most important attributes a leader can demonstrate is being in control. However, things can get out of hand in day-to-day matters. If one is a chaotic leader, he or she will not inspire team members to be organised.
Hoff advises leaders to “set an amount of time everyday when you will focus on reorganising yourself, whether this involves make a to-do list for the day or working with your assistant to file away important documents.”
“By being more organised, you will naturally feel calmer and more in control of your work and your team,” he notes.
Some of the most inspirational leaders inspire the teams around them with their creativity. Creative leaders show their team members different perspectives and ways to think about a task at hand.
According to Hoff, the role of a business owner is to inspire innovation and provide people with a platform to get creative.
Hire the right people
Business is never a one-man show and a leader cannot accomplish anything without the right team members.
Hoff says that when it comes to hiring new team members, diligence is everything. “Don’t be afraid to hire people who are smarter than you,” he advises. “In management roles, there is no room for insecurities, so set your worries aside and put your mind to finding and hiring the best possible candidates for the role.”