Leadership Tip

How to succeed each and every day

Most new managers find that they rarely end a day having done what they planned to do. They spend most of their time solving unexpected problems and making sure work gets done. But there are three essential things that managers should be doing every day: building trust, building a team, and building a network. These are not discrete tasks for your to-do list; you can accomplish them through the ways you assign, review, and guide your team’s work.

  • Build trust by asking questions, offering suggestions, and expressing concern for your employees.
     
  • Build a team by using problems and crises to remind people of the team’s purpose and values. Explain your decisions in terms of what’s important for the team.
     
  • Build a network by using routine activities to involve other leaders and to maintain relationships with people outside your group — and encouraging your team to do the same.

The above leadership tip...
was sent in response to a question from a participant on our acclaimed 10/10 leadership development and mentoring programme and adapted from Three Things Managers Should Be Doing Every Day by Linda Hill and Kent Lineback. Whether you're a first time manager or an experienced leader, straightforward, practical advice on best practice is hard to find. Until now. To find out how you, your team or your organisation can benefit, please join us on our next complimentary webinar or contact us.

Subscribe

Free weekly email on things you didn't know last week with links to articles on leadership excellence. To view previous editions click here.


Learn how to lead effectively

Gleaned from wisdom acquired by working with hundreds of highly successful leaders from the world of business, media and sport, our workshops are fortified with practical tips to help you better lead yourself, your team and your business.

Read More

Leadership Articles

10 actions for mastering leadership

The key to truly effective leadership lies in mastering a wide range of skills from implementing and administering process to inspiring others to achieve excellence. To be an effective leader you need to make the most of opportunities to learn to lead,... read more

Leadership Tips

How to navigate political discussions at work

Talking about politics at work can be tricky: However strong your views are, you don’t want to alienate your colleagues. Here are some strategies for having a tactful, diplomatic dialogue. Focus on learning. Chances are, you’re not going to... read more

How to give difficult feedback

Not all leaders are comfortable giving employees feedback - especially when it’s negative. The fear of hurting people’s feelings and dealing with potential drama holds too many managers back. But people thrive on feedback, which is why giving it... read more

How to become a better you

It’s normal to feel like you could be doing more when it comes to self-improvement. But being a better you doesn’t involve being overly hard on yourself. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Here’s a few ideas to build self-improvement into your daily... read more