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Want to be Their Wise and Trusted Leader? Do This 1 Thing Now: Part Two

Want to be Their Wise and Trusted Leader? Do This 1 Thing Now: Part Two

We are back with Part Two of “Want to be Their Wise and Trusted Leader? Do This 1 Thing Now!”  In Part One, we discussed how getting organized is the number one way to showcase three powerful skills.  Trustworthiness is the first skill we discussed, now it’s time for wisdom and leadership.

Skill #2: Wisdom

There is textbook knowledge, and then, there is “street” knowledge. The different between the two, as you may know, is that the former is all about theory and memorization, while the other is all about implementation and applied theoretical concepts. People often find that theory is not always correct in full. What really throws a wrench in theory is people. People can sometimes be unpredictable.

Here’s the Point: So, use your role as boss to show your employees that you don’t just have industry knowledge, but you also have industry wisdom–the ability to tell right from wrong based on experience.

Skill #3: Leadership

By showing people your wisdom through trustworthy actions and by giving people a sound understanding of what people can expect from you over time, all you have to do is simply facilitate coaching opportunities with each employee on your team.

A coach is, “a person who trains an athlete or a team of athletes,” to win a certain game. When coaches train athletes, they realize the season has to start off with easier tasks to accomplish and slowly build up to harder ones. Throughout that process, they pause practices to offer useful instruction that is equivalent to a SMART goal. According to Duncan Haughey from ProjectSmart, a SMART goal is, “Specific,… measurable,… agreed upon,… realistic,… and time-based.” Eventually, these players get thrown into a game and are commanded to act without intermittent instruction. Then, the coach reviews with the players actionable tasks they can implement to improve their play next time.

This is how a true leaders act.

These coaching opportunities are not times where you should yell or raise your voice even at your employee. This is a time to take the employee aside (Note: DO NOT do these in front of others.) and talk to him or her about (1) what happened, (2) why they did what they did, (3) what you expect of them moving forward, and (4) how to accomplish what you wish to see them do. Then, you should have a meeting to check back in on the issue with the employee.

“How is it going as you try to implement this strategy I taught you?” you might ask.

This type of scenario gives employees the true hope that they can come to you with problems and not bury them.

Here’s the Point: So, be a coach, not a tyrant, “who uses power oppressively or unjustly.”

If you showcase these three character traits, your employees will know they can follow you because you are good to your word, you are thoroughly knowledgeable and experienced, and you are someone who leads with a just attitude, not a vengeful and/or emotional attitude.

Want to be Their Wise and Trusted Leader? Do This 1 Thing Now: Part One

Want to be Their Wise and Trusted Leader? Do This 1 Thing Now: Part One

Employees do look up to their bosses. Whether they like you or not is an entirely different matter.

The important thing here is that you know that they see you as above them in at least some manner, and so, regardless of how they view you now, you need to capitalize on that thought of theirs. Instead of using that power to do whatever you may please, think to yourself, “If I were in their shoes and I noticed there was something that needed fixing or tuning up in the company, and I brought it to my manager, wouldn’t I be frustrated if my manager didn’t do anything about my plea or, worse, forgot about it altogether?”

This question shouldn’t drive you to give them every single thing they ask for, but rather, it should drive you to do one thing:

Get organized.

Getting organized is key to showing your employees a variety of different skills you have, which are vital to your success as their manager. When you get organized, you will give yourself the opportunity to showcase these three powerful skills. With these three skills, you will surely be the best manager in the office.

Skill #1: Trustworthiness

Trustworthiness is not just a character trait; it is a skill, because you have to diligently practice it overtime to truly earn the trust of those around you. A simple way to increase your employee’s view of your trustworthiness is to tell them you will do something and then do it. This may seem simple, but this requires you to be diligent about even the smallest things you tell them you will do.

Schedule a date that you will follow up on their inquiry and actually get back to them about it, no matter how small. Make their inquiries of high priority to you; you do manage them, after all, and it is your duty.

This will not only be a good example for other managers, it will also show your employees what is expected of them if they wish to grow in the company. Your employees will complain less, because they will know they can come to you with anything, and you will act on it. You may not always act in their favor, they might note, but they know you will truly take into consideration all that they say.

Here’s the Point: So, be a person of your word no matter how short and sweet that word might be.

Come back in a couple weeks or Part Two of “Want to be Their Wise and Trusted Leader? Do This 1 Thing Now!”