Leadership is an extremely important component of the success of any organization. Ideally, leadership and management should be the same thing. That's because it's possible to be a manager, but to NOT be a leader.
With that in mind, you want all of the managers within your company to be both managers and leaders. If they're not, then you're just asking for trouble.
Below are five tips for more effective leadership within your organization:
#1 - Communicate well.
It all starts with communication. A good leader must be in the habit of communicating effectively with the members of their team. This is the foundation, so you can't skip this step and try to excel in all of the other areas. It just won't work.
#2 - Set expectations.
A good leader lets their team know what they expect. In fact, each member of the team should know exactly what is expected of them. If not, then they won't meet those expectations and they're more likely to blame their manager instead of themselves for that failure.
#3 - Secure commitments.
Just as a good leader sets expectations with their team, both individually and as a group, they also secure commitments in the same fashion. That is, they meet with the members of their team to set expectations and secure commitments for meeting those expectations, and then they meet with the team and do the same thing.
#4 - Instill accountability.
In order for individuals (and groups) to meet expectations, there must be a system for accountability in place. After all, if people are not held accountable, then they are less likely to accomplish the goals that are set before them. Ideally, your team should be comprised of workers who hold themselves accountable, but alas, that is not always the case.
#5 - Encourage and inspire.
Effective leadership starts with modeling. In other words, a good leader is a model for the members of their team. That means they do not brow-beat these employees. Instead, they're positive and they encourage the employees to reach increasingly higher levels of achievement.
Once again: managers are not always leaders, although they should be. When they are, they increase productivity and profitability, not to mention morale.
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