If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for ways to build and enhance the team you oversee. While financial compensation is always a plus, people will eventually leave if money is their only motivator. Title and position is another option, but again, it only holds its value for a time. In order to lead a team that will want to stay with you through good times and bad, you have to lead in a way that truly invokes trust and an ownership mentality in your team.
Below are 3 leadership principles that I’ve found to be essential for building and maintaining a healthy team culture:
1. Be Authentic
You have to check ego and pride at the door and not think too highly of yourself. The more “real” you are with your team, the more they will respect you. As generations progress, the lack of trust in leadership continues to grow. It’s important that your team feels like they know you, but that will only happen if you bypass the easy emotional route and instead take the time and get invested in them.
2. Let Go
You cannot do everything. God has equipped you with unique gifts and talents, for sure, but He also did that for everyone else. Utilize the team you have around you. Trust them with the responsibilities you’ve given them and let go. Don’t micromanage. Seriously, don’t. You will get so much more out of your team if they believe that you have faith in them to get things done. Plus, they will often surprise you with their ideas and ingenuity.
Encouragement is sometimes the hardest gift to give others, but as a leader it’s essential to validate your team’s efforts. All of us have the desire to be accepted and “valued” in other people’s eyes. Take every opportunity to be an encouragement to those on your team. The great thing is they will not only feel appreciated, but it will also give you a lift.
Though these 3 principles don’t encapsulate everything it takes to be a good leader, if you master these, you’ll be lightyears ahead of most other leaders.
Written by Andrew Pino
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