In order to be the best you possibly can while in a management position, you need to not only be good at your job, but be good at bringing out the best in your team as well. Being successful means more than just doing well in communication, negotiation, budgeting, and more, because you’re more than a one-man show. To understand and bring out the best in your team, you need to learn how to be a positive leader that everyone will look up to.
Here are a few ways to do so.
Be mindful of the mood.
Research done by Dr. Daniel Goleman suggests that 20-30% of performances are determined by the mood of your employees. If they’re in a positive mood, their minds and thought processes will broaden to more creative ways of thinking. Likewise, with a positive attitude, your employees will be more resilient against any negative experiences they come across because of work. Working with your team to establish that good mood (such as looking on the bright side of statistics during team meetings) will help your workplace be more efficient.
Build everyone’s strengths.
Your team’s performance is only as strong as its members, so working with your team members to improve on their strengths will help push everyone toward optimal working performances. If you focus solely on your employee’s weaknesses and constantly mention it to them, their performance at work will decline at an average of 36%. Contrarily, focusing on everyone’s strengths will improve your employee’s performance by about 27%. To encourage everyone’s strengths, take the time to get to know your team—what do they like doing? What are they good at? Give them feedback on their strengths and offer to help them further develop if they’d like to.
Encourage positive relationships.
Everyone works better when they get along with their coworkers. When we get along with our coworkers, our stress levels lower, and our concentration and focus increase. Kindness, eye contact, and mutual care can all help build the relationship between coworkers, and being kind to others, in general, is just a good way to make your day go by easier. Most often, you’ll find the gratitude and kindness reciprocated if you ask about someone’s day or have a conversation with others. Making positive relationship-building the norm among your team will likely improve everyone’s performance overall.