When you step into the shoes of the boss, it can sometimes become difficult to let others see you as a leader and not just a dictator who wants the work done on time. You want to seem responsible and authoritative and at the same time, you yearn others to see you as a human being and a leader who will inspire employees to follow him/her no matter what. A leadership position can be daunting and new managers can face numerous challenges when they start their new job as a boss. However, these helpful tips will allow you to become a leader who can win the trust and support of their team effectively and convincingly.
Act As a Leader Right from the Get-Go
Setting the correct tone right from the start is as essential as believing that you can be a leader. Self-assuredness, confidence and respect are the right components to set the right tone and instill yourself at the heart of the team as a leader. The trick is to speak and behave with people as you might want to be spoken to. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind but remember to listen to them too. The first few days are crucial as the new team will develop their perspective. This is the time to earn their trust and to help them look up to you when the need arrives.
Be Bold or Go Home
The undeniable remit of a leader is to set bold goals that are achievable yet challenging for the team. Be specific about what you want from your team and define your role in the realization of that goal. When the team knows you stand with them every step of the way and are willing to work as hard as they do, they will be more than happy to comply with challenging demands.
Trust Your Team and Be Honest
Being truthful means that you will need to trust your employees with the truth and trust them. This will make the delegation of tasks possible. As a leader, you must understand that you can’t do everything yourself and once you offer your team the chance to contribute in the realization of your vision, they can offer their own perspective or solution to a problem, making change and unhindered communication possible.
Moreover, if you have a change in mind, involving the people who will be affected by that change is the right thing to do. Take them in confidence and let them know what is expected of them. Ask them if they are satisfied with the change in policy or strategy and ask them to participate.
Encourage your staff to be innovative and to come up with new ideas and better ways to do things. Don’t give in to the “We Have Always Done Things Like This Here” culture. When you want to find a solution or a decision regarding an issue, set a timeline for when a decision is expected. Being mindful of the strategic pace of the business is always a good strategy.