Solid goal, practical expectation.
Before setting a goal for your team, imagine what it'd be like if you're going to do it all by yourself. Is it going to be hard or is it going to be easy? After understanding your goals thoroughly, you can have a more practical expectation. Remember that under promising and over delivering always lead to better results.
Build trust within your team.
Integration within a team always depends on trust. Transparent and honest communication will not only benefit the team's efficiency but also the corporate culture.
Solution is the point.
When encountering a problem, or when team members make mistakes, remember not to focus on the problem itself but the solution to the issue. This is how employees learn to solve things themselves.
Build (A) self-esteem in (B) underlings.
Pay attention to how you make others feel. An MVP in your team will never be just obedient, but will be confident and understand his or her own value.
A good leader is not an autocrat.
Being a competent leader doesn't mean you are going to (2) throw your weight around. Finding a balance between being firm and being reasonable is a lesson that every leader should learn.
Appreciation is important.
Direct and plain feedback is necessary. So is appreciation. Encourage the positive cycle by telling the employee exactly what he did well.
Leaders need to serve others.
There is a (C) fallacy that the leader's job is to command. Actually, a leader's main mission is to "serve." Offer the necessary information and give your team a hand when they are needed; that's how you make the team willing to support you in the same way.
1. Under promise and over deliver
- Remember the principle of under promise and over deliver, and never make a promise that you cannot fulfill.
和這句話相反的是Over promise and under deliver，承諾過高卻又無法實際做到。
2. Throw one's weight around 逞威風
- He is a bossy person who's always throwing his weight around.
延伸閱讀 / 有這樣的主管，是你的幸運！7種值得跟隨的好主管
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