Become a Better Leader
by Setting and Example
The old-fashioned way of leading was more of an authoritarian type of figure, but study after study indicates that a leader that fosters gratitude and appreciate for her team members gets better results. This translates into more productivity and team loyalty, making a leaders job much easier.
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How to Lead by Example
It’s hard to argue with a leader who rolls up his or her sleeves and helps the team get the job done. No one can challenge such commitment to the team. Leading by example is one of the best ways to manage people because it shows you are part of the team.
This doesn’t mean a leader should do everything for the team. There are managers who mistake leading by example with interfering with its members. The team will learn to resent a leader who simply does everything for the team. Besides, who has that kind of time?
The idea of leading by example is to take on some of the tasks or fill in for team members who are not available, etc. Sometimes, it can be just giving guidance to members who are stuck and showing them some of the steps. Then, let them take on the rest and come to you with any questions.
Leading by example also entails being honest with the team. You need to take responsibility for your actions, and ultimately, you are responsible for the actions of your team members. If one person is slacking off and you don’t meet a deadline because of it, your management is going to approach you about the problem. It won’t matter if you defend yourself and state that your team member was the one responsible for being late. In fact, this will leave your management with the impression you are being petty.
After you take heat for members of your team, you may need to take disciplinary actions against those members. After all, they have to know they messed up. But, it should be dealt with one-on-one. Some managers feel they should let the whole team know what is going on and will deal with the situation in the team scenario. This is a personal preference, but some members may be more sensitive to being called out in front of the group.
The best way to lead by example is to make sure you keep up-to-date with what is going on with the group and the work they are doing. This doesn’t mean micro-managing them. It just means knowing what tasks they are performing and whether they need any help from you or any materials to get their job done quicker.
It’s rare that a team does not respect managers who get involved. These are managers that care about the team succeeding and wants to help everyone in the group advance.
Notes from Alice....
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