It doesn’t matter how great your people are, if you have employees you need to manage them. Effective leadership is one of the most important skills for a manager.
1. First Impressions
Effective leadership parts on the first day. You have spent a lot of time and effort to find and hire the perfect talent, so make sure their first day goes smoothly. How they see your company and your leadership will start that very first day. Will someone greet them on their first day with a smile and positive attitude? Who will provide their new-hire orientation, show them the first-day ropes, and make sure they get to lunch? Who will make sure they have everything they need to get going during that first day?
2. Clear Expectations
To prevent expensive turnover it is important to set crystal-clear guidelines for what you expect from your employees. Your team should always know what is expected from them at all times, and their annual review should contain no surprises. Clear and frequent communication with your team will make sure they stay on track and know exactly how well they are performing.
The reason you have hired a new employee is to add a new set of hands so your team can do even more for the business. While there is a tendency to want to have your hands on everything, this is a recipe for burnout and ineffective leadership. Start by determining which tasks can only be done by you (say, forecasting or budgets), and then assign everything possible to your staff. Remember, when you delegate these tasks to your team you must consider your teams workload and skill sets so you don’t overwhelm them. Once you strike a balance between regular communication and micromanagement, you can really empower your team to own processes and take more responsibility. This will allow your team to feel more ownership in the company and that will translate into them doing a better job.
Most people want to feel like they have growth opportunities at their place of work. This can be driven by adding more responsibility to each team members list of daily tasks, offering a promotion or bonus for exceptional performance, or additional training to improve their ability to do even more. You should also consider paying for additional certifications for employees who want to advance. It’s an investment, but it can lead to better educated workers.
5. Remove Obstructions
The easiest way to make sure your team is successful is for you to remove as many roadblocks as possible. Regularly ask your team what they need to do their jobs better or more efficiently. Removing roadblocks tells your team that you care about making their work experience as favorable as possible.