Being a great leader is not just about gaining the respect of your team. It’s about building trust and making work pleasurable. In this article, we’ll look at ways to increase your leadership skills and how you can foster an environment where everyone succeeds!
Make work fun.
There is no better way to make people appreciate you than by making sure they have fun. You don’t have to be a comedian— (it’s important to be authentic) you can organise a fitness class, run crew workshops or do a games night.
It’s not always easy to do this onboard due to time constraints, but it’s important that your Crew feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves. When people feel like they belong somewhere and belong there because of their work ethic, productivity increases exponentially.
Be a team player.
As a leader, you can’t expect to gain respect from your team if you don’t show them respect.
You have to be honest and fair with everyone onboard.
Listen to their ideas and opinions, even if they differ from yours. Keep an open door policy for feedback, and listen carefully when someone has something important to say. Communicate well so that everyone on your team knows exactly what needs to be done and when it needs to get done by—even if this means sharing bad news or letting them know about changes in the schedule (you might not always be able to give advance notice). Keep an eye out for those who need help getting up-to-speed on a new task or project; provide mentoring where necessary, but also make sure your team know they are expected to work independently once they’ve been trained properly.
Be a good role model: Some things are obvious (don’t check Facebook during meetings), but others aren’t as clear cut (don’t favour some crew members over others). Your behaviour sets the tone for others on the team—if you want them focusing on work instead of checking out each other’s social media profiles all day long then set an example by keeping yourself focused too!
Don’t be afraid to communicate.
- Communication is the best way to make sure your team members are on the same page, and it’s a tool that everyone can use.
- If you want to communicate effectively, make sure there is a 2-way communication channel. Meaning it is not one directional (coming from the top down) Involve your team in relevant discussion where possible. This will make them feel valued.
- Don’t avoid conflict rather embrace it! If a conflict situtation is ignored it is only going ot get worse! In the Advanced leadership Course we dedicate a whole module on conflict resolution.
Be a good leader.
Good leaders are often great listeners. They value the input of others and use it to make informed decisions. A good leader knows that having a group of people who feel valued and respected will result in higher levels of productivity and collaboration, which leads to better outcomes for everyone involved.
Here are some ways you can become an effective leader:
- Be nice, but be firm. If you have a team that is used to being bossed around or micromanaged, they may be reluctant to speak up if they disagree with one of your decisions. Sometimes it’s best not to take things personally when others disagree with your opinion; this doesn’t mean that you should let them walk all over you! The key here is balance: when someone offers constructive criticism on something that isn’t working well enough yet (rather than just complaining about everything), listen carefully without getting defensive—then explain why certain changes need making before proceeding forward together as collaborators rather than adversaries.
Don’t be arrogant. Don’t be a know-it-all. Don’t be a know-nothing.
This might seem obvious, but it’s important to understand the difference between being humble and having humility—and how to show the latter in your actions and words. Humility is about recognizing that you don’t know everything, while still feeling confident enough in your abilities to take action; arrogance is when you hold an overblown sense of self-importance and superiority over others, which can easily lead to disrespecting your team members by not seeking their input or treating them as inferior beings who are beneath you (even if they’re actually more competent than you).
If you want respect, be respectful.
If you want respect, be respectful. The best way to earn the respect of your team is by making sure that you’re treating everyone with kindness, understanding and empathy.
Think about it: if someone mistreats you or shows disrespect towards you or your team, what do you think? You probably feel disrespected and don’t feel like working with them any more. You might even quit your job because of how they made you feel (or threatened to make other people feel).
So how can we avoid this? By being respectful ourselves! When someone treats us poorly or disrespects us in some way, it’s important not only not retaliate but also try to understand where they’re coming from. If possible, try apologizing for any part of the situation that could have been avoided on your part too — whether it was something you did wrong or didn’t do right enough yet (like not communicating clearly enough).
If you want to earn the respect of your team, be respectful. Show them that you care about them as well as the work they’re doing and the results they produce. If someone has an idea for how to improve something, listen carefully and consider their suggestions before making any decisions yourself. Make sure everyone knows that their opinion counts when it comes up against your own ideas or those of other people on the team; if anything else happens—such as an argument breaking out between two Crew members—work together with everyone involved until things calm down again so we can all move forward in harmony instead of discord! If you are wanting learn more about how you can be an outstanding leader head over to www.thecrewcoach.com and check out our GUEST IAMI Leadership Course!