How To Effectively Lead Your OrganizationMonica Burns-Capers
August 6, 2009 — 2,499 views
It takes Confidence, Interpersonal Skills, Natural Ability To Motivate Others, and The Knowledge of Building Trust With Your Employees - To Be Effective As A Leader.
CONFIDENCE As a Leader, Confidence is a prerequisite. There is no way you can lead an entire organization if you believe that you can't. You can attempt to fake it for so long, until an issue presents itself that you are just not knowledgeable enough to resolve. You may think you've been successful in the past by delegating "Pertinent Leader Responsibilites" to others for them to deal with; to which you thought it had taken the responsibilities away from you. The only thing your type of delegation has done is to improve the skills and experiences of those whom you are passing the "Leader Responsibilities" onto. You are helping with creating new and more competent Leaders to take your job. Your employees are now more equipped to lead your organization than you are!
ABILITY TO MOTIVATE OTHERS The old saying "A Happy Employee Is A Productive Employee" should state "A Productive Employee Is A Happy Employee." There are those individuals who "want" to work for their pay. They love their jobs and they display it in the production of their tasks and assignments. Most employees require a little motivation from Management to get their day started. As a Leader, Motivating your staff so that they'll "want" to come to work and actually work, is your responsibility. Rewards and Incentives are a great way to increase Employee Productivity if the program is implemented on a consistent basis. If Employees know that they'll be rewarded for a "Job Well Done" and the reward "fits" with that particular Employee, you should have no problems with productivity and Motivation will be inevitable.
EMPLOYEE TRUST If what you do differs from what you say, you'll have a most difficult time getting your Employees to follow your lead. In your Employees eyes, you've become unreliable, untrustworthy, and disloyal. As a Leader, it is a must that your actions mirrors your speech. If there are concerns amongst your Employees and you tell them that you'll handle it, you'd better handle it! If you have promised your Employees a type of Incentive, you'd better implement it and so on and so forth. You must say what you mean, and mean what you say. It Is Imperative in Building Trust!
BE VISIBLE! If your face is never seen throughout the company, how can you develop Interpersonal relationships with your Employees? No one is that important that they must sit in their offices all day delegating. Get out of the office, walk around and meet your Employees, listen to issues and concerns that they might have, and pay some of them a nice compliment. It will also be very impressive to your Employees if you remembered some of their names, so that on your next trip out of your office, you could greet them personally. Being visible to your Employees shows them that as their Leader, you care.
I've said this over and over again in my teachings and in my writings, that to be a Leader, you would have had to be a Follower first. You can't Lead others if you are not knowledgeable enough about how they should follow your lead. You must project qualities that will ensure your Employees can trust you and be loyal to you. Without either of those qualities, you can't perform a job as a Leader; as your Employees will not want to work for you or with you.
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Dr. Monica Burns-Capers, Ph.D Is A Featured Writer, Expert, and Consultant In Organization Management & Behavior. She Is President & CEO of Monica Mi'Chelle Communications: A Profesional Writing & Management Consulting Practice. For More Information: http://drmonicaburnscapers.mfbiz.com