Wednesday, March 25, 2015

10 Habits of an Effective Leader

I am by no means an expert, but I feel that I have learned through the years that as a leader if we do these 10 things we are setting ourselves up for success:
  1. LOVE your people
    • Know their name
    • Know their spouses and children's names
    • Know what is going on in their life
    • Know their strengths and weaknesses
    • Never consider them expendable
  2. DELEGATE your responsibilities
    • Know every role in your area through experience 
    • Never ask someone to do something you wouldn't do
    • Find leaders and give them additional responsibility 
    • Structure your area where if you left operation would continue
  3. Be a person of INTEGRITY.
    • Do what you say
    • Don't cut corners
    • Always be honest
    • Do not talk negatively about leadership
    • Do not talk negatively about someone in your area
    • Do not talk negatively about anyone
  5. RECOGNIZE good work.
    • Recognize those who go above and beyond
    • Recognize those who do their daily responsibilities well
    • Recognize group successes
  6. ENCOURAGE new ideas.
    • Give everyone the freedom to suggest new ways of operation
    • Prepare your mind to react to mistakes from this in a positive and constructive way
    • Recognize new ideas that improve operations as well as those that do not 
  7. Set and measure GOALS.
    • Numbers don't tell the whole story but they do reflect a reality
    • Set operational goals and keep track
    • Set relational goals and keep track
  8. Stay ORGANIZED.
    • If your office looks like a tornado hit it so will your area
    • Keep a calendar and a to do list
    • End each day by straightening your office and planning the next day
  9. BE ON TIME.
    • Always be on time, every time
    • If you must be late communicate it
  10. COMMUNICATE clearly and timely.
    • Communication denotes value, so lack of communication denotes lack of value
    • For a text message, email, or voiceMail return communication before the end of the day.
    • Leave no need for clarification, no fuzzy communication