How many of us dream of being a psychic or a mind reader? What about being a leader with a crystal ball that can tell you directly about the requests of each member of your team? This will be considered as the peak of intellectual brilliance that enhances productivity among every person you work with. You will be able to define the abilities of your employees and recognize their hidden skills.
Wake up, this is just a dream. However, don’t lose hope: you can have a part of it!
If you read your employees’ needs, you will realize that you have the power to do most of that, without even having that magical ball.
- They need honesty. When you lead a team, you cannot give your employees fake truths. You need to be honest so they can trust you. You need to reflect the true leader who, no matter the consequences, never fails to tell the whole truth.
- Your employees look for fairness. You can’t just prefer giving tasks to people who will complain about it, you will be seen as a coward and unequal leader. Employees can track your unfairness, not matter what the circumstances are. Don’t let them feel as if they are just a means to make your job easier. Be fair with them all.
- Never forget that you are dealing with human beings, not slaves nor machines. Respect them. Respect their positions. Employees need it, and you need too. When you show them respect, they will be pleased to respect you. It’s a win-win situation. Therefore, do not humiliate them and show them that you appreciate their hard work.
- Transparency is what your employees want to see in you. Never fake a laugh and never be insincere, because it’s the last person they want to be around daily. Do not be afraid to be genuine and open about everything. It really helps.
- Your employees work hard to deliver the results you requested. Some might be excellent at their jobs, others only good. Both must feel appreciated, because both are doing the best. In fact, employees crave being praised.
On the other hand, there are several things your employees don’t want. Take a look:
- They definitely don’t want to be your friend. You are their boss and not their “buddy”. They resort to you for new tools and work-related information and not for personal advice. Do not try to be friends with members of your team; Think of it. Do you think you want to see an employee daily after work? Do you crave for going out for drinks or barbeque events with one of them? Not really; and neither do they want this.
- Employees have their colleagues to talk to and to discuss personal matters. They do not wait for you to listen to their complaints about families, lovers… Don’t show that you expect them to do.
- It is healthy and important to have some laughs with your employees. However, never overdo it. Your employees want to see the serious side of you. After all, you are their leader and not their clown.