What does it look like to be a strong leader? Are you assertive and authoritative? Or are you friendly, fostering a more fun workplace? Chances are, you’re somewhere in the middle. And chances are you’re looking for a way to improve your leadership game.
There’s no time like the New Year to make that change. Here are a few resolutions you can make to become a better leader in 2017.
Put More Trust in Your Team
Is it easier for you to tackle tasks yourself instead of delegating them to your team? You’re not alone. You reached your leadership role by doing, and doing things well. Now you must try to let go and hand off to-do list items to your team, no matter how difficult it might be.
Giving your team more responsibility shows that you trust their judgement. This not only teaches responsibility but it inspires your team to act in a way that benefits your business instead of themselves as an individual.
If you’re nervous about this, start slow. Give up managing the scheduling changes and requests. Use an app to give access to your entire team so that they can switch shifts, put in time off requests, and see the latest schedule wherever, whenever.
Break Free From Your Comfort Zone
Good things happen in your comfort zone. Greatness comes when you break free from that comfort bubble and start trying something new. This includes leadership styles.
If you’re having a hard time getting your employees to respond to you as a leader, it might be a good idea to break away from your old habits. For example, shake up the way you motivate your team. Instead of giving away gift cards to the top performer, create new ways for your team to be rewarded for hard work. Another example of breaking away from your current mold is to change up how you do performance reviews. Instead of sitting across the desk from your employee, take her out to eat to talk to her about what she’s doing well and where she can improve.
Break away from what’s comfortable to try something new. This will feel like a refreshing way to start the New Year for both you and your team.
Find a Mentor
It’s hard to lead an organization. No matter how large or small your business is, having a mentor who you can talk to will help you when the going gets tough.
Find someone in your area who you can regularly meet with for a cup of coffee. Pick her brain (and let her pick yours) about what’s working at the office and what isn’t. Having someone outside of your business who you can talk to will let you see challenges in a new way, which will help you improve your leadership style.
Fall In Love Again
Have you lost that loving feeling about your job? It’s time to rekindle the romance with your career and fall in love with your role all over again. If there’s something standing in your way, cut the cancer out so you can get that fire in your belly back.
Are You Ready for 2017?
This is your year to become the next best you. Take on these resolutions like challenges so you can foster a more productive and positive workforce in 2017.
Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014.