In a recent study of the best leaders, we found that they are consistent and passionate in their engagement with their teams. Both CEOs and first-time supervisors exhibited this consistency and passion.
Unfortunately, according to management derailment studies, 50% of today’s managers fail. The Conference Board reports that 55% of employees are dissatisfied with their jobs, which is a record high. And, the #1 reason employees dislike their jobs is that they hate their boss.
This is what teams want from their leaders:
1. Clear Expectations and Goals
Teams need focus and a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities. Always remember, this isn’t a one-time event.
Focus on employees’ strengths and praise them toward higher levels of performance. The better people feel about what they do, the more they want to do well.
As simple as it sounds, keep people informed as a team and aware as individuals. This means that you need to communicate through meetings, one-on-ones, and technology.
People on teams become more motivated when they can develop their skills. Be sure to delegate and give your people ample opportunity to expand their capabilities in other areas. Coach effectively and regularly, so that your team always knows where they stand.
Follow through on your commitments, be genuine and conduct business in an ethical manner. There are way too many examples of disreputable leaders in the media. Don’t be one of them.
People want to be great and if they aren’t, managers are usually the obstacles. Too many managers micro manage and don’t let people do their jobs. Give clear expectations, train effectively and coach regularly, but let people own their jobs.
80% of employees say they don’t get respect on the job. Don’t have secrets, don’t intentionally instill fear in people, and don’t treat employees like children. Be as open and honest as you can. Listen effectively and treat everyone fairly.
8. Pride in the Work
Most people want to do a good job. This fuels self-motivation and pride. Create a positive upbeat working environment. Study how to do this and it will pay significant dividends for your team and you.
People want to win and can achieve incredible results. Work hard to align people with the right role where they can succeed. Persevere to eliminate obstacles for your team, and advocate for your employees. Avoid changing direction indiscriminately, not dealing with poor performance or setting unrealistic goals because these actions can lead to frustration and defeatist attitudes.