Lift Your Leadership
as a team member and work with you to help
correct mistakes, and ensure a lesson is learned for
5. Show Appreciation
When your team members do good work, make sure
you let them know you noticed. Write a hand-written
thank you note, give them a special gift card, and
take time to recognize them publically. To make
an even bigger impression – send their spouse a
hand-written note sharing how important they were to
the team’s success.
Appreciation goes a long way, and as you incorporate
a culture of gratitude, your staff will reciprocate that
appreciation through loyalty and a job well done.
6. Be Willing to Get Your Hands Dirty
The most successful leaders won’t ever ask a team
member to do something that they aren’t willing to
do themselves. People in general acquire much more
respect for leaders who aren’t afraid to jump into to
accomplish any task needed.
This doesn’t mean you’re doing the work for them, but
at those critical moments when help is needed, your
assistance could help motivate your team to reach –
or even exceed – the goals set.
7. Mentor Your Team Members
If you can help your members to become more
successful, the whole team will benefit.The more you
invest into your team members, the more they will be
willing to give in return.
As you lead by example in a mentorship role for
those in your organization, others with similar skills
and capabilities will follow your lead. This creates a
culture where current and upcoming leaders develop a
mindset of helping others succeed.
8. Bond through a Social Cause
To lead a team effectively, you need to be a part of
the team. Start a new social cause as a team-building
activity and make sure you lead the way.
To add even more lift to your leadership, adopt a
charity to support within your local community and
get away from the office where you can get to know
your team members on a more personal level.
9. Let Your Team See You Learn
Leaders are learners. Let your team observe you
reading a book or a trade publication in the break
room, and encourage them to do the same.
You could also start an optional book club focused
on self-improvement and leadership books where you
can discuss how those books have made an impact
on you, and how they helped change the way you lead.
10. Keep Meetings as Short as Possible
Everyone generally has a list of tasks and duties
that take up their entire workday. Although
necessary, meetings can be seen as disruptive
and non-productive, especially if nothing was
Meetings should have a specific purpose and agenda
that involves everyone in the room. The more you
respect the time of your team, the more they will
respect you as a leader.
Improving your capacity to lead is something that will
take intentional effort, and these tips will help you
focus in on what matters the most. Your attention to
detail is sure to be rewarded in the form of enhanced
loyalty, higher respect, and increase thesuccess of
you, your team, and the overall organization. LE
Elizabeth McCormick is a Keynote
Speaker specializing in Leadership,
Sales and Safety presentations. She
was recently named #4 on the list of
Leadership Experts to Follow Online. A
former US Army Black Hawk Pilot, and
author of “The P.I.L.O.T. Method; the 5
Elemental Truths to Leading Yourself
in Life;” Elizabeth teaches instantly
applicable strategies to boost your
employees’ confidence in their own
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