I recently had a conversation with someone who hates their job. They hate their boss because it’s one of those my way or the highway type of scenarios – a dictator that leads through fear is the way the culture was described to me.
That’s too bad.
It’s amazing how many people want to become a manager, executive, or leader, however, have no idea what that means. Being accountable for not just yourself, but the results of each individual action of your team members and the collective efforts of the team as a whole is a giant responsibility.
Most of the skills that earned you success as an individual on a team really don’t correlate to success as a manager. However, being a great leader and manager is largely a mental game. So what does it take to be an admired and effective manager? It’s quite easy actually.
Adopt Servant Leadership
Are you the type that has all the answers, thinks everyone should follow or listen to you, or are generally the smartest one in the room? If so, expect to fail at leading a team unless you’re competing for the leader in lost employees.
Servant Leadership is exactly what it reads as: as the leader, your primary focus is on the needs of each member of your team and how you can serve them so that they can produce their best work. You should be constantly learning about each person on your team and how they fit in within the collective team, then identify how best you can serve the group.
Focus on getting the most out of each team member by providing them the best environment to thrive. What makes them wake up and come to work in the morning? What inspires them to contribute? Where is their most comfortable place to work? What demoralizes them? Answer those questions by understanding who each on your team is and then focus on how to help them succeed collectively – then pass on all the credit to your team, not yourself.
For more, read one of the best articles on servant leadership and see how you can evolve yourself as a manager.