As a manager’s job is to see to it that things get done, he needs to know how to search for, screen and hire the right people and put them in the right seats. Most importantly, he needs to have the skills to motivate his employees to give their best each and every day and work well together with other team members.

And the best way to accomplish this goal is to adopt the following leadership practices :

Take a genuine interest in your employees, and strive to build a personal connection with them.

Your employees want to know that you have more interest in them than their ability to churn work. Taking a genuine interest in who they are personally will go a long way to building rapport, building trust and making it easy for them to share with you the challenges they face and even their mistakes.

Be Open to Their Way Being Better

You probably think you know exactly how to get something done. Stop right now and get over yourself.You can’t do everything, and it’s not your job — learn to accept that people are going to do things differently than you would and to focus instead on the end result.

The key thing here is for you to take note of the process. Their way may be significantly slower than your way, in which case you’ll probably want to step in and show them a more efficient way.

Use Their Time Wisely

People hate to have their time wasted, and as their leader, you are responsible for ensuring that people have enough to do to justify their being away from their families and free time.

As a general rule, give them more than you think they can do — people complain more fervently about not having anything to do than about having more to do than they can do. There is always work worth doing that isn’t being done, so don’t waste their time with make-work, either.

 

Provide a path for your employees to succeed and grow

Good employees will want to know they have a future with your organization, and that they will have opportunities to grow personally and professionally. Your employees will appreciate feedback and direction. This will require that you take an interest in them personally (see #1 above) so that you understand their strengths and talents.

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