The Challenge of every Leader
Leaders seek to reinvent themselves constantly. Some essential practices to maintain a proactive culture within your organization are: achieving goals, and growing your team or company. What actions should a leader take to ensure that the teams are increasing its productivity? When we hear the word “leader”, it comes to our mind a person within the organization responsible for a team. However, a leader is more than this. A leader is responsible for potentializing the skills of his or her team, guiding, motivating, providing feedback, coaching, make sure to obtain the expected results, create a culture of accountability, and encourage continuous growth.The following 4 actions make the difference between a sedentary and proactive leader:
- Timely Feedback
Timely Feedback is a mutual action, which the leader should encourage. Feedback must be from both sides: leader – collaborator, collaborator – leader. The communication channel must be adequate to provide feedback.
Sharing perspectives and expectations of performance, confronting assertively, when performance is not satisfactory, and refocusing on effectiveness, are constantly necessary actions. Also, it is important to work on openness, and always keep in mind that assertive feedback is necessary for a culture of continuous improvement, but above all, it is a gift that carries a lot of value.
It is true that motivation is related to a personal environment, you define the variables that make you feel motivated. But we must consider what is important to boost the employee’s motivation. Some points to keep in mind are:
- Open different lines of communication
- Encourage and promote a healthy working environment
- Identify key variables that motivate your team, be empathetic when sharing personal experiences.
The follow- up to your collaborators will make you a more conscious leader of what is happening in your environment, and will put you in control in any adverse situation that generates a link directly to the motivation and commitment of your team.
- Follows mutual agreements
- Remember important dates, like anniversaries in the company, rely on reminders. – Monitoring objectives
Every leader should be a good coach. You are your team’s principal instrument. Program one-on-one sessions to see what works and what is not working, what challenges your team is identifying, become an implementation partner, provide tools to facilitate results, and continuously confront your team out of their comfort zone.
Re-invent yourself and design your strategy: leadership is not a static process it is a continuous process that requires adopting new habits and best practices constantly, that will lead to better results. I invite you to encourage a culture of continuous improvement, make an introspection of these four key actions and ask yourself, “Am I a facilitator of results for my team?”. Ask your team to share their perspective of yourself in these 4 actions.
Feedback is the first step to a culture of continuous improvement.
We are interested in knowing what challenges are you facing with your team or organization?