Objective self-awareness is something that often escapes many people. But being aware of your actions and abilities is critical, especially if you’re a leader. So, how do you know if you’re doing OK as the captain of your ship?
The fact that you’re asking this question probably means you have at least some level of self-awareness — you’re either looking to validate yourself, or know something’s wrong. To make things easier for you, here’s a list of qualities common to any effective and respected leader, which should help you evaluate yourself.
You’re Happy with the Work Your People Are Doing
If you’re generally happy with the work your staff members — both permanent and temporary — are doing, that usually means you’re a good leader. Of course, you probably don’t want to take credit for being lucky with your team. At the same time, however, having a productive and motivated team that matches your expectations speaks volumes of how well you are leading them.
You’re Unafraid of Change
Among many reasons, one key factor explains why young leaders often establish themselves as more capable leaders than their older peers: They are often happy to welcome something new and different.
Young leaders are more open to change because they’ve yet to become deeply set in their workforce management habits and styles. Of course, this doesn’t mean a willingness to change is exclusive to younger managers. Open-mindedness is a state of mind, which means anyone can adopt it as their own.
You Actually Treat People with Respect
A 2014 study published in Harvard Business Review showed that the most important leadership quality for around 20,000 surveyed employees is respect. Key findings of the study include:
- employees who felt respected by their leaders were 56% more likely to be healthier;
- they reported up to 1.72x more safety and trust;
- 89% reported better job enjoyment and satisfaction; and
- 92% reported improved focus and prioritization.
But even more important is the statistic showing that more than half (54 percent) of employees expressed not receiving regular respect from their bosses. It’s simple really. The onus is on you to treat people like people, and not so much workers who are driven purely by economic need.
You Inspire Confidence
It’s one thing to be confident in your abilities and skills as a leader, and completely something else when you can inspire that confidence in your team. It takes a special something to transfer your confidence in your team, inspiring them to set their minds to the job. You want to be able to send the message that while failure is a possibility, it’s not truly an option. And that, can be the difference between an ordinary team, and a truly great one.
If you need help evaluating your leadership skills or want to learn how to improve your abilities as a manager, talk to the staffing services experts of Star Staffing!