People follow leaders they trust. At any point of time when a team leader sets the right example for successfully accomplishing goals and conducting business, the team follows. Developing the capabilities to lead employees successfully takes motivation and training. So, here are the Six Ways of Leading by Example
Listen to the team
There are chances when the leaders may get too busy giving directives and managing the team, so that they forget to listen to other leaders and even their followers. A great leader should understand that they do not know everything and that they can learn something new from the most junior employee. Also, most organizations hire the team based on their experience and expertise in the specific fields, and the leader should learn to interact and listen to all employees.
Respect the chain of command
Organization has a proper structure so that each person in the company knows who to report to if there are challenges in a particular department, as a part of the leading by example. If a leader fails to observe these chains of command, then there will be confusion in the organization, and the employees will be demoralized. Also, if at any point of time the leader does not respect the chain of command, the employees will find it hard to report to their seniors, and this will even cause disharmony among the employees.
Get your hands dirty
Moreover, leaders are meant to give directions; they should know their trades well and get involved in the actual work. For instance, a leader can be leading by example by accompanying the marketing team on a field visit to popularize the company products. The leader should even pitch customers the same way the marketing team is doing, and this will even boost the overall motivation and morale of the team.
It is not just that leader is going to develop new skills and knowledge, but he will also build trust with the employees. Getting involved in the actual trade gives the leader an image of the challenges that the marketing staff go through and helps work out ways to make their work easier.
Deliver on promised results
Good leaders must deliver the actual results rather than just promises everything. They should move forward with the tangible results and focus less on the past achievements that they have not been able to equal afterward. In today’s world, leaders can also accomplish this by learning the art of delegation, where they can break down large tasks into smaller manageable tasks that can be assigned to one or more employees. They can then follow up to know if the work was done according to the required standards. Delegating duties helps to achieve results within a shorter period of time while getting everybody involved.
Resolve conflicts quickly
Conflicts often arise in the organizations between the leaders versus leaders, employees, or leaders versus employees. How soon the end to end conflicts are resolved determines how competent a leader is. A great leader should come up and resolve the conflicts to prevent disagreements from stalling projects within the company. The employees should always keep in mind that their leader has the heart and mind to embrace challenges so as not to break the organization.
Appreciating the contribution of other people in an organization helps to strengthen the relationship between the followers and leader. The leader must have both the excellent communication and listening skills such that no employees will feel inferior to other persons within the organization. Also, the leader should be fair, honest, and open to discussions that touch on the welfare of the employee. Valuing the contribution of the employees in the organization enhances the leader’s ability to interact with the people in a meaningful way
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