Think of leadership as a marathon. You’ve got a long distance to go and you’re not going to win the race by sprinting. The steadiest athlete will ultimately cross the finish line first. Likewise, the steady, consistent manager will often produce the best results.
Of course, you’re also going to need a lot of motivation, training, and technique to finish the race as well. That’s why we’re going to go over 20 tips for maintaining your stamina and vision as a leader, while also providing motivation and increasing your talents.
1. Be Motivated and Driven
What motivates you? What drives you? You need to know this if you want to complete the “race.” If you want to be a top leader, you need to know yourself and what makes you tick. With this knowledge in hand, you will have an easier time keeping your eye on the prize.
2. Be Selfless (or at Least Caring)
Great leaders are caring leaders. They don’t fight with or undermine their team. Just the opposite, they empower their team and look out for each team member.
3. Keep Negativity in Check
Negativity is the bane of any effort. If there are negative members on your team, consider letting them go. At the very least, let them know that their negativity is a detriment and unacceptable. This goes for you as well. Avoid negative criticism and instead be constructive. If you have negative thoughts, work through them.
4. Recruit the Right People
You don’t want negative team members. You do want positive team members. They will help provide energy and drive. Also, make sure you have the right mix of skills and personalities.
5. Define and Use Your Values
The best companies aren’t just profit driven. Yes, profits are important. So too, however, are values. What does your company value? How can you leverage values to provide motivation and drive?
6. A Small Achievement is a Big Achievement
Any victory is a victory, even if it’s a seemingly small one. Embrace them. Thank people for their contributions and acknowledge when they win. Even if the victory seems small, by acknowledging it, you’ll increase motivation and appreciation.
7. Be Rewarding and Generous
Good performance deserves a good reward. That might mean acknowledgment of the work done. It might mean a monetary bonus, a company reward, or something else. By rewarding good performance, you’ll encourage more good performance.
8. Learn How to Delegate
No man or woman is an island. It doesn’t matter how great of a leader you are, you can’t accomplish everything on your own. Learn how to share the burden. Of course, you can’t offload everything. You need to contribute as well, but also be inclusive and include others.
9. Make Sure You Treat Everything as a Team Effort
The team is number one. Make sure you know how team members are working together and helping each other. Have people check their egos at the door. Where improvement is needed, encourage it.
10. Embrace Transparency
Share information, explain your end goals and motivations, help people understand the circumstances. The more your team knows, the more they will be able to contribute.
11. Track and When Needed, Escalate Problems
Every problem and issue should be noted. In some cases, you’ll have to escalate those problems to your boss. Or if you are sitting at the top of the hierarchy, you might have to delegate problems and awareness to those working with you.
12. Skip Finger Pointing, Remain Upbeat
Problems will emerge. That doesn’t mean you have to lambaste everyone who messes up. Indeed, it’s almost always best to remain positive, even if changes are needed. Be empathetic, embrace good performance, find ways to address problems, and carry some of the burden yourself. Positive feedback and problem solving will reduce future issues.
13. Cultivate your team
No one is perfect. You, your best team members, and everyone else can improve. Help people by offering training programs. For example, you can train people for new skills, such as digital marketing. Or you can focus on more fundamental things, such as time management. First, figure out what your team needs to learn, and then help them acquire the necessary knowledge.
14. Be Reasonable but Also Demanding
Don’t accept mediocrity. Don’t embrace the status quo. Strive for more. Push your team to strive for more. However, your expectations must be reasonable and achievable. If you set unachievable goals, you’ll discourage your team by asking the impossible.
15. Listen then Listen Some More
Teams mean conversations. Learn what motivates your team members. Figure out what discourages them. Listen, react, implement. When possible, minimize discouraging factors and embrace ways of encouraging the team.
16. Hone in on “Motivators”
Some people are natural motivators. Hopefully, you are one or can grow into being one. Regardless, you don’t have to be the only motivator around the office. Empower other motivators and focus on supporting them and their careers.
17. Don’t Fear Mistakes
You’re going to make mistakes. No one is perfect. Don’t beat yourself up over them. Instead, learn from them and grow as a leader and a person.
18. Once You Commit, Stay Committed
Once you commit to a project, commit fully to completing it. Half finished projects will start to pile up and demotivate people. On the other hand, finished projects can be a source of motivation. People will see that things are getting done. Project management software can help keep your team on track and get projects carried out smartly!
19. Change Things Up
Sometimes a change of scenery can help motivate the team. Let’s say everyone struggling with a certain project. It’s a real backbreaker. Can you rent a conference room at a nearby resort for a work away from the office day? Or how about fun team building activities around the office? A change of pace or scenery can provide motivation.
20. Be Resilient
Resilience is one of the best attributes a leader can have. Don’t give up, don’t accept defeat. Keep plugging away. Your team members will see your effort and many will double down on theirs.
Of course, if a project is a dude or has no chance of succeeding, sometimes you have to cut your losses. When this happens, turn it into a victory. How? Embrace what went right. Learn from your mistakes. Let the team share what they learned, and share what you learned.
This way, you can snap victory from the jaws of defeat.
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