“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
Have your employees figured you out? If you’ve been in your leadership role for some time, it’s possible your employees have labeled your leadership style as one of the following:
#1) The team builder
The concept of organizing groups of employees into manageable units for various purposes.Building teams is important for several reasons, including the culture teams create in the business. A positive business culture is essential to continued profitability and customer retention.
#2) The commander
A person in authority, especially over a body of troops or a military operation.
#3) The mentor
An experienced and trusted adviser. Be this guy!
#4) The manager/ boss
Someone who gives orders in a domineering manner. Also known as, a reactive person who only acts upon a situation when it arises. This person is not considered to be proactive in the development of their team.
#5) The micro manager
A micro manager is someone who gives excessive supervision to employees. A micro manager, rather than telling an employee what task needs to be accomplished and by when, will watch the employee’s actions closely and provide rapid criticism if the manager thinks it’s necessary.
#6) The motivator
A person that makes someone enthusiastic about doing something.
“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear”
Although the perception of us should not define us, the view our employees have of us, is detrimental to our own success. Creating a positive work atmosphere is crucial to boosting morale in the work place. Many of the categories listed above contribute important aspects to a good leader. And In a perfect world, a little of each of these aspects combined into one individual, would be known as a magical “unicorn”. That beautiful, mythical creature that we all wish existed. The difference is, a great leader DOES possess all of these traits and they do exist!
So let me ask you this? Is it better to be feared than loved? Does that establish respect? How does that affect your work environment? Do you lift each other up or is everyone in it for themselves? These questions help us to understand who we are and who we want to be as leaders.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
– John Quincy Adams
A good leader wants his people to be successful and provides them with the necessary tools to succeed. There is no question about that. However, A Great leader, not only wants his team to be successful and provides them with the necessary tools to succeed, he takes a genuine interest in their goals and he inspires and motivates them to strive for excellence. He leads by example and pushes you to achieve the unattainable. He sees your full potential and utilizes your talents to the fullest. What type of leader do you your employees to see you as? An even deeper thought is, do you care? If so, are you willing to change?
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others”.
Great leaders are wise enough to know they too need continued education. What they can offer their team depends on what they know, so they feed themselves knowledge on a regular basis. They don’t stop growing. Great leaders become successful from helping others achieve their own success. Great leaders truly do exist.