A company is only as strong as its employees. When every employee adds something to your team and is dedicated to seeing your business succeed, you have a winning combination. That being said, you cannot expect just to hire employees that care and contribute like this. You need to build them up from the ground. That is why we at Tower Group believe that effective, positive leaders are essential to any successful business.
How to Spot an Effective Leader
To help you succeed as a leader or as a business owner, this blog post will reveal the top qualities of effective leaders. Keep reading to learn about how you can integrate their traits into your own management style.
1. They Are Dedicated to the Wellness of Their Team
A business needs productive employees. Productivity, however, is not a latent trait. There are so many different factors that can contribute to how productive a person is on a day to day basis. That is why health and wellbeing are so important for businesses. A great leader is someone who not only protects and champions their employees’ wellbeing but also knows that each person is unique and sometimes an individual approach is necessary.
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2. They Understand the Importance of Health
Businesses can improve the health of their employees by giving them the tools they need, like a fridge or toaster oven. A great leader can improve the health of their employees by enforcing lunch hours and breaks, as well as making it a safe space in case an employee needs to, say, work from home because they are sick.
3. They Appreciate the Importance of Wellbeing
Wellbeing can refer to emotional health, mental health, or both. Effective leaders invest in the wellbeing of their employees. This can be done through policies, by partnering with wellness consultants, or by asking. Catering to healthy wellbeing in the workplace is an ongoing commitment.
4. They Help Every Team Member Realise Their Potential
Great leaders don’t take the spotlight. They help each and every one of their underlings improve instead.
5. They Give Everyone Ample Opportunities
A leader must encourage every employee to take up the opportunities given to them. This could mean enforcing a rule that everyone contributes to a meeting, for example. By getting your employees familiar with contributing and going after opportunities you help everyone improve.
6. They Encourage Personal Growth, Not Competition
An employee of the month competitions does not work. It encourages competition between your high performers and encourages your new or lower performing employees to try less. By making milestones and offering rewards you encourage everyone to improve at their own pace.
7. They Know How to Lead By Example
Great leaders lead by example, but that doesn’t mean you need to do everything.
8. They Walk the Fine Line Between Doing & Delegating
Delegating is important as a leader, but only if everyone feels like they have an equal contribution. When you delegate, ensure that you are giving the job to the right person.
9. They Ensure that Everyone Has Clear Job Roles
Unclear job roles can make it difficult to function within a working environment. When you do delegate, ensure you update job roles so that everyone knows who to turn to and what they are personally doing.
10. They Are Not Hypocritical
Last but not least, don’t be a hypocrite. Make rules and keep them yourself.
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Hire a Winning Leader & Watch Your Team Flourish
At the Tower Group, we understand the value of effective leadership in the workplace and we are committed to empowering your team with staff who have outstanding leadership qualities. Chat to us today to find out more.