Hate getting Leadership Advise? Hear something just for you from John Brandon, Contributing Editor at Inc.
No one leads quite like you. You have developed a few habits that have worked for your eclectic mix of employees and product segment. You have a unique leadership style.
Good for you! Not every leadership tactic works for every leader. Some are way too detailed-oriented, invented by people who went to Harvard but have never actually heard of your autonomous car tech or don’t know how to make an animated emoji app. Some of the most “practical” leaderships tips work fine when you have 200 people in an IT department in Silicon Valley but are not that effective when for managing five people who work remotely. You understand that leadership is part of your DNA.
Yet, there are a few habits for leaders you should do just about every day, even if your workforce is made up of millennials in an open floor plan or middle-aged folks in cubicles. These are the tips leaders need to use in companies of all sizes because they tap into basic human needs. They go beyond any innate leadership style.
I’ve met with many top leaders in startups over the years, and they all seem to practice the fine art of consensus building. They have a leadership team, and it seems like every employee is on it. They ask a ton of questions. They don’t read those management books and seminars and then make a decision in a bubble as much as they just expect every employee to be part of the management process (e.g., to also read all of those books and go to the seminars).
This is a habit that seems to come out of a natural gifting for leadership where you just care about people as human beings and understand we all have a desire for praise and recognition. It crosses all age groups. Criticism is a way to direct on a specific project, but praise is a way to lead and run a company. The best companies have a leader who is known to hand out easy praise.
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