There’s one thing pretty much every manager has in common: At one time or another, they were employees. One of the greatest mysteries is exactly what core values of great managers got them where they are.
Respect your team
Your team members are people who all have hopes, aspirations, fears and struggles. And every one deserves to be treated with respect, dignity and care.
Make it a habit of catching people doing something right, and let them know. An honest compliment is so unusual that it will motivate the recipient. As simple as a nod or smile is, it will show your approval. These gestures may be simple, but they can create magic in a matter of moments.
Seldom wield your power
Having a grip on your team doesn’t mean expecting every member to immediately jump at your command. The workers already know “the boss” holds all the cards. You should realize that the only power you can use is persuasion. Don’t lead with threats, blackmail and fear.
Surround yourself with the right staff
No matter the position you’re filling for, hold out for the absolute perfect person. Having the right people in the right positions allows for the best work. So take time and set your standards high.
Play for something bigger than yourself
If you play for something bigger than yourself, you’d be playing harder but smarter. This also holds true for your team.