A great manager does not merely meet expectations, he or she strives to exceed them. As a manager, you must lead by example. This shows your team you are willing to get your hands dirty in the name of a successful project. This sets you apart not just as a boss, but as a leader.
Does Your Team Know What You Want?
When you were a kid did your mom ever tell you something like “Clean your room, then you can play outside!” or something along those lines? You knew what you had to do in order to do what you wanted to do. You knew what was expected of you. In order to succeed, your team also needs to know what you expect of them. Therefore, it is imperative that you set clear expectations. Business is no place for muddy waters or guessing games. If the deadline is Tuesday, tell them it is Tuesday. Do not leave them with unclear direction. Precise expectations will make them more productive and it will earn you more respect.
Even Jordan Had Bad Days
Michael Jordan took 24, 537 shots in his career and missed 12,345 of them. Do you think his team expected him to make every shot? Ok, considering the talent, maybe! But even the best have bad days. If a team member is having a bad day, or a rough time, be sure to consider what might be the cause. Pull them aside and listen. Sometimes that is all it takes for someone to get back into the swing of things. Express a genuine interest in them and make them feel more valued than just a means to an end.
Dare to be Different
Every team member and position are different and brings a unique perspective to every problem. Therefore, you need to approach each one differently. Always consider new ideas and allow inspiration to move your team. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Just remember while you are blazing that trail, stay true to your word and keep your integrity intact. At the end of the day, this is what matters.