Who else would know better than him what the dark side has to offer?!
Give credit where credit is due
Great leaders acknowledge great work and give credit where credit is due.
Klartext – German for: being upfront, honest and open
Great leaders don’t have to win the popularity contest all the times. They sometimes have to make the tough calls no one else is willing to do. Great leaders also have to give their team sometimes a nudge – honest, valuable feedback. Great leaders have understood that eldership is a responsibility, not a privilege.
Show your appreciation
Got a new hire? Why not pick them up at the door and introduce them to the team and their workplace? One of your team members did a great job? Awesome! When was the last time you have shown your appreciation? When did you say thank you and meant it? Do you appreciate what your employees do for you day in day out? Remember, your employees are your new clients!
Find innovative ways to motivate your employees
We are all different. This does also mean that we are motivated by different things. The best way is obviously intrinsic motivation. Motivation, that comes from within. However, there is not too much you can do about this. But, you can certainly do something to increase your teams extrinsic motivation. Maybe you can find new ways to motivate them rather than same old, same old.
Stay up to date on your teams activities
Darth Vader always knows what’s going on. OK, he might micromanage a bit. Maybe a lot.. but, hey ho, he does know what’s going on and intervenes if necessary. He is in charge and takes responsibility for sometimes unpopular decisions. He makes the tough calls.
If you as a leader don’t have faith, who will? You lead a team to new destinations. A vision that maybe only you can see clearly. You need to have faith if you’d like your employees to take a leap of faith.
Be fully committed and always recruit people to follow your cause
Do you burn for your vision? Do you know where you want to go and whom you need to have on your team to do so? Darth Vader never fails to fight for the Dark Side. Are you the biggest Evangelist for your cause? How do you expect building a team of Evangelists if you are not a ravelling fan yourself?
Set clear boundaries and lay out the consequences
We already mentioned the popularity contest above. That’s not your role! Of course it’s great when your team loves you, however, do they respect you as well? Can you make the tough calls and do your team members know what this means? What are the consequences for not appreciated and acceptable behaviour? Are you just treating your employees without following through with clear consequences? When your team members know what the rules are and how to play you will make everyone life easier.
May the Force be with you!
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