The question every leader should ask themselves is—why would anyone follow me? It takes a lot of courage to step up and be a guide and a mentor rather than a boss. I mean let’s face it, it’s not easy being a manager. They have more tabs open in their head than you do on your computer. But no one wants to work for someone who is as flaky as a croissant or gaslights or throws their team under the bus at the drop of a hat. And after all the horror stories we’ve heard, it’s fair to say a lot of bosses are not leaders.
Some view management positions as an easy life of delegation. Or a stepping stone to their personal road to power and success. However, this usually doesn't go down well with employees in the long run. Everyone wants a leader who is approachable and can help them advance their own careers. Not someone who makes them cry in the corner of a bathroom stall. In fact, did you know that studies show that a staggering 79% of employees will quit sooner rather than later if they don't receive adequate appreciation from their managers?
Managers often wonder what kind of people they want in their team. But it’s time to consider how you can be a better leader. A recent study found that 38 to 50 per cent of leaders fail in their first 18 months. You can avoid falling into this bracket by just motivating your team and maintaining a pleasant work environment that is free of drama and dirty politics. Keep reading to know how you can do that.
One of the worst words associated with a leader is—cowardly. You can never be a good leader if you don’t have it in you to stand up for your employees, customers or society in general. It’s rule number one. If you’re merely a sycophant, you’ll be a boss but not a leader. But that’s not enough. You need to have the courage to confront issues (and there will be a new fire to put out every day) even if it is to your superiors. Learn to pick your battles. If they make you unpopular, so be it.