10 Practical Tips for Leaders
Here are 10 tips for leaders to help you as you strive to motivate yourself and your team.
Tirelessly repeat the basics whenever and wherever you can
- Mission – what we do
- Vision – where we are going
- Values – how we relate
- Strategic directions or commitments – what is most important
Maintain a clear focus
- What we do and what we don’t do
- Focus guides people’s attention
- Publishing categories and lines
Manage your environment
- Your work environment comes out of your values (personal values and corporate values)
- Physical environment
- Relational environment
- Spiritual environment
- Influencing others through your transparency, vulnerability and honesty
- Know your personality type
- Know your spiritual gifts
- Know your relational style
- Know your strengths and weaknesses
Never underestimate the power of food in the workplace
- To feed the body, encourage the spirit and improve fellowship
- The fuzzy line between work and play
View yourself as a coach first
- A coach is the best all-around analogy of a leader
- Coaches define expectations, evaluate performance, encourage and give vision, and develop skills
- Concerned about all spheres of life
Lead like a steward entrusted with someone else’s property
- Entrusted with people, finances, your mission, skilled authors, spiritual messages, etc.
- A steward must feel comfortable with risk (Matthew 25:14-30).
Take time to think
- Schedule regular time away from the office to think, read and pray.
- Practice “creative staring.”
- Develop the spiritual discipline of retreat and solitude.
Regular appointments with your direct reports are your most important commitments to them.
- Meet individually regularly every week or month with each person who reports directly to you.
- At these meetings discuss:
- Problems they are encountering as they do their job
- Encouragement or correction in how they are performing
- Agree on priorities for the future
- Is there anything I can do to help you?
Other Insider’s Tips:
- Failure is usually a better teacher than success. Occasionally share your own failures with others.
- Keep your word. Create a fool-proof system to remind you of commitments you make, and then keep them.
- Listen more than you talk.
- Once in awhile ask your employees, “How are you really doing?”
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