If you are a team leader, it is likely that you think everyone loves and enjoys working with you. But, there are times when workers just pretend so as not to lose their jobs. Think about it, ever noticed people keeping quiet unusually when you enter a room? In fact, some bosses realize too late that they are the only ones not being invited to group parties that involve co-workers. If this is your situation, stick here and learn how to be the best boss any worker would dream of.
For once, you should understand that workers do not want real bosses. A boss is someone who gives orders and supervises as others do what he says. In essence, this is not the kind of behavior that will make you a favorite of many. This is why you should play smart and start acting like a leader. This means other than giving instructions, roll up your sleeves and get to work with your staffs. You are a team member. This way, you inspire and influence the way they do the job.
It also involves building a bond of trust between you and your staffs. This way, it becomes easier to collaborate. As a leader, you should be honest and transparent especially on matters or organizational decisions that touch on such workers. Through this, employees will come to see you as someone dependable.
When your workers do a great job, praise them. Everyone loves to be recognized and employees are no different. Approaching them personally and saying thank you or congratulations makes them want to do better. Also, you may hold employee recognition functions and reward those who have met or surpassed their targets.
Another great idea is to allow employees to express their unique traits. In fact, when such employees allowed to do a job in their unique way, it brings creativity in a team. You will realize that the team ends up with different ways of doing things and productivity becomes high.
It is also important to invite any form of feedback. It can be suggestions, criticism or praises. Of importance is to make workers free to air their opinions about anything going on in the organization. This helps them understand that you care about their thoughts and are willing to create a better working environment for everyone.
All in all, you should have communication channels always open. Any good leader is approachable and listens. If possible, have meetings now and then where you engage each other on matters that relate to how you do the work together. Show your workers that you value this time by being there and keeping off any distractions.