Don’t blow up over screw ups.
They are bound to happen, and we assure your team members feel bad enough about them, but make sure that they lessons from their mistakes.
It’s ok to show you are human.
It’s ok to show some emotion (of course, don’t overdo it) and be compassionate. Making work relationships more interpersonal adds more value to one’s job.
Encourage your team to voice their opinions.
Feedback is always important. What you think is the best option, may not always be. When your team members feel comfortable enough to express their opinions, it makes for a better environment and an increase in creativity.
Bottom line, no one wants a babysitter nor do they want someone constantly looking over their shoulder. If you give someone an assignment, allow them to complete with adequate timing and follow up. If you did not think they were competent, why did you hire them?
Weed out the slackers.
Bad seeds seem to show up everywhere they need not be. It is inevitable, but you do not have to keep them around, and you should not. It is bad for group morale, because people are always watching. If one person is slacking, others think slacking is fine.
Growth should be constant.
As a leader, growth in every aspect should be a major goal. The more you know, the more you grow. Constantly educate yourself in your field.
Be in touch with the REAL you.
Not the fake you, but the real you. When you know your own strengths and weaknesses, you can work at them. It also makes it easier to understand those of others.
Don’t be a Distracted Chloe (Dog w/ a Blog)
No one can follow a leader that is all over the place. Set goals and work at them. Focus.
It’s a 24 hour job.
You cannot be in leadership some of the time, and some of the time they are not. You are always setting an example. Again, remember someone is always watching.