As a manager today, your leadership role means that your team looks to you for vision, guidance, direction, and sometimes motivation. Leadership is a key quality for managers, but it doesn’t always come easy. It’s a learned skill and even those outside of a traditional leadership position can benefit from learning how to be a better manager.

A true leader is someone who cares as much about his team members’ successes as his or her own. The ability of a team to synergize and play on one another’s strengths is of great value to a project or to a company as a whole. Your ability to inspire and motivate your team of colleagues is a strong indicator of your leadership acumen. Recognizing that leadership is about leading others, not just getting ahead will show your commitment to your team and your company. Here are three goals you can take on as a manager to set your team up for success in 2021.

1. Adapt your Management or Communication Style

Being flexible in how you approach managing your employees can make a huge difference in your overall team’s success. Different people thrive under different management styles. The way you communicate with each team member can be the difference between a successful relationship and unmet expectations. You as a manager need to understand the needs of the situation and flex to meet those needs.

2. Be Responsive to a Changing Industry

The ability to adapt and pivot to meet changing situations are skills required of teams but also businesses as a whole to succeed in the digital age. This past year has taught us this lesson time and again. Technology is rapidly changing the way business is done and the demands of a project can completely change with little headway. The ability to think on your feet and maintain a calm and professional demeanor as a manager is critical. Your team is looking directly to you to understand how they should respond to these situations. Responding strategically and always keeping the big picture in mind when you are asked to change directions is a key skill of the true leaders in the industry. Your flexibility is what will help you navigate uncharted waters and keep your team on board through it all.

3. Be Understanding of the Challenges Your Team is Facing

There are several creative ways to offer flexibility to your entire team without sacrificing productivity or accountability. Offering unlimited vacation or paid time off is one way to make applicants really pay attention when they are going through the recruitment process. So long as employees are able to deliver on their responsibilities, unlimited paid time off is a wonderful thing to offer.

Similarly, the opportunity to perform work remotely can help appeal to new hires who may have a difficult commute or perhaps do some of their best work in a coffee shop or at the park. Allowing for remote work has the added benefit of reduced overhead costs of employees, particularly if they are 100% remote. Laptops and other portable hardware are substantially more cost-effective than a traditional office or even cubicle set up. Time-agnostic work and job sharing are two additional forms of flexibility that many employers can really get behind. So long as the work gets done, and done well, the shared benefit for both the employee and employer are well worth the effort.

Connect with Williams Industrial

For more tips on bringing your leadership A-Game this coming year, connect with the pros at Williams today. We’ll help you grow your business and find the people you need to succeed.

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