Leaders are not born, they are made. Men with the charisma of President Clinton or nobility of Dr. King are a rare exception. In fact, there is no God-given attribute necessary to acquire leadership skills. Effective leaders are men and women with the desire to better themselves and display exemplary habits.
Being a role model is a powerful and cost-effective tool to reduce headaches at work. You need to exhibit behavior you’d like to see your employees mirror. Practicing what you preach is the only way to lead; the laws of the workplace are not defined by you or the HR department, but rather by your actions. Through evolution, humans have learned to imitate people in positions of power that are close to them. A good leader models the behavior that is desired in his/her staff.
The 10 Commandments of Role Modeling
- Be Positive.
Attitudes are contagious. Having a positive outlook is a powerful way to reduce headaches at work. Who doesn’t want to come to work and reap the benefits of an upbeat environment?
- Excel in Situations Where Your Ethics are Tested.
As a leader, you are constantly on a pedestal. Your employees notice when you make poor ethical decisions, and they will feel it gives them the right to do the same.
Communication is a key element of great leaders and great workers. Listening to one another is imperative for teamwork to be optimum. By listening to workers, it shows that you value their contribution to the company and take them seriously as assets.
- Be Objective.
As humans we are all prone to sways of passion. Leaders cannot afford to be emotional. Business is about logic and facts. Decisions need to reflect that.
- Give Credit, Where it’s Due.
Nobody likes a glory hound. Employees want to work for a humble leader that gives credit to all of the right people and expects nothing in return. Liberally praise achievements in the company and do not flaunt your own.
- Accountability is a Must.
People make mistakes. Your subordinates are likely to forgive or forget if you own it. Dodging responsibility for bad decision making and passing the buck is not useful and will lead to employees losing respect for you.
- Commit to Helping Others.
Good leaders create more good leaders. Help others that have the potential. As a supervisor you may not get to spend as much time on the floor as you would like. It’s nice to have other employees that are more visible leading by example.
- Do Things Right.
You don’t want your employees cutting corners and taking shortcuts. Don’t let them catch you doing it. Bad habits like that are disruptive to operations and will give your entire business a bad name.
- Always be Early and Working.
Who would you want to work for, the guy that comes in late and cuts out early or the leader who is there when you show up and when you leave for the day? It’s a no-brainer. People want someone they feel is in the trenches sweating with them.
- Show Concern.
Take the time to talk to employees and be interested in them as human beings. If they see that you respect others they’ll know you expect the same. That behavior manifests itself in ways like cooperation around the workplace.
Ask yourself if you’re being the kind of leader that you would like to work for, it’s never too late to start. Visit our blog for more information on how to be a leader in your manufacturing business.