Effective Techniques for a New Leader in the Office
A company will always have leaders and followers in a corporate office environment. The boss is the leader and subordinates are the followers on each department. What if you are a new leader in the office? Whether you are a freshmen leader or an experienced one, improving leadership skills is necessary especially if you are new in the company. Leadership is a trained ability that is essentially requires effective handling of your subordinates, a persuasive approach to them, and to gain their willingness to become productive in the attainment of the given goal. Here are some effective techniques for leaders :
KNOW YOUR PEOPLE
Know every person in your unit especially their name. Each person in your unit is unique and therefore needs individual approach. Evaluate their strengths as well as weaknesses in terms of work and character. By doing so, you will be able to properly delegate the work to each one of them. Why proper delegation is important? Failure to do so is a waste of time, effort, depriving the right person to shine, and maximum productivity of the group will not be achieved.
Carefully gather information about them from facts and not merely opinions. Make your own observations too and form your own opinions.
Gain respect from your people by giving respect to them first. One first step is to greet them pleasantly, and stand in front of them with humbleness.
KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PEOPLE
Approach your people with professionalism recognizing their qualifications and value in the group. Even the lowest rank in the office deserves an appropriate approach.
Avoid sarcastic criticism and profanity at your subordinates especially in public. This is the number one reason for a leader to become unpopular not only among the subordinates, but also within the entire office environment. Constructive criticism are better done in private and a deserving praise in public.
Make a proper investigation before making accusations to any subordinate whom have taken a mistake at work. Factual basis are to be considered and discussed upon between the person or with other persons involved.
Give your subordinates security as you can take be there for them behind situations as necessary. A leader should be able to assume responsibility of any situations covering his/her group.
KNOW HOW TO INFORM YOUR PEOPLE
Have a periodic meeting with your people to inform the plans, responsibilities, and activities of the group that directly involving them.
Have a planned agenda for the meeting and have an organized thoughts while administering it to make you clear and understandable.
In giving instructions explain the reasons, purpose, and importance of these orders. It is better for them to know the long-term goal for them to be more motivated to do it. In some cases, some subordinates are hesitant to do orders because their boss fail to communicate it well.
Inform and share your people the problems of the group and welcome suggestions coming from them. They will feel their worth to the group and that you value their opinions.
Give them the opportunity to ask questions and answer them in a clear concise manner.
Show your people that you are easily accessible to make suggestions or any concerns even outside the meeting.
KNOW HOW TO SUPERVISE YOUR PEOPLE
Giving orders to your people is a half baked task. Monitoring the progress of the project assigned is a result oriented skill that needs to be developed by a leader.
Once the task is given,demonstrate your confidence to your subordinate that you she/he can do the job. Remember you already know your people, by this time you will be able to recognize and use their full potential to deliver the task.
Explain the responsibility and give the target completion date of the task. Let your subordinate explore his/her creativity and style in accomplishing it as long as the desired result is achieved and completed in a given time.
If the lead time of the task requires a longer processing, require a progress report periodically and communicate with you any problems related to the task.
Avoid shifting task to another task unless necessary for urgent matters.
See that your subordinate get full credit and praise when they do a particularly good job.
An effective leader knows how to direct, delegate, follow-up, able to deliver the positive result of a project, and win respect of his/her followers as well as the other people in the company.