Some leaders don’t seem to get this — To whom much is given, much is expected.
Some are leaders for the wrong reasons, such as: Money, power, image or ego
If you want to be THE leader you need to know this: Leading people means, above all, to take care of them. A Leader is the one responsible for his team. As I wrote in one of my previous blogs, your team members are your no. 1 internal clients.
Actually, a big chunk of your salary is paid to you for serving your no. 1 internal client.
It is your job to do a leader’s job. If your team has a high fluctuation, or if your team members are not motivated, or you feel your team does not have the right people in it, it is your job to take care of it.
Taking care of your internal customers means serving them. By the proper service, I mean hiring the right people, also firing the wrong people. It means giving regular and BALANCED feedback, it means getting to know what motivates them. It also means to say NO when needed, or take unpopular decisions. And yes, this also means to be a role model in the area of values, rules, behaviours, performance, attitude.
You are the mirror and your are the role model. Your team mirrors your good moves and it mirrors your bad ones too.
If you are a leader and don’t take care of your team, eventually, you will be busted. You will never succeed. There will be no one good and motivated left there to help you succeed. It is as simple as that.