Effective managers make for productive employees, which was proven by a survey that found that supervisors who lacked consideration fueled more jealousy than nurturing bosses did - a widespread issue as evidenced by the 77 percent of workers who have witnessed envy in the office (University of Notre Dame, 2006). To ensure that your leadership qualities are effective in the workplace, it's important to be a boss people can count on. Gaining the respect of your employees doesn't happen overnight, which is why you should consider showing you're capable of being a leader through the following actions:
Be a Good Boss
1. Always give 100 percent.
If you finish projects on schedule and work your hardest to get things done right the first time, you'll be able to set an example for your employees. They won't question whether or not you're knowledgeable enough about your industry if you repeatedly show everyone that you know what you're doing.
2. Be positive.
If you have a negative attitude about your company, chances are your employees will think along the same lines. You need to show them that you are confident in the company you work for. Being negative may make your subordinates think you're mean or cranky, which isn't an image you want to project as a leader.
3. Make yourself available.
If your employees know you're always willing to listen to their concerns, they'll respect your choices and opinion as a leader. Have an open-door policy around the office and talk with your direct reports frequently to stay updated about what's going on and answer any questions they may have.
4. Respect your staff.
Your employees are supposed to know how to do their jobs, and your role as a manager shouldn't involve breaking down every step. Give your employees a big picture goal and project deadline, and try not to implement a rigid process. If you're constantly checking up on them and correcting everything your employees do, they won't feel ownership over their work and may stop trying.
5. Be a good listener.
When you talk with your employees, make sure they know you're listening and are taking what they say into real consideration. Lean forward in your chair slightly to show interest and try repeating a couple of things that they've said to show that you've retained it. They'll know you take your workers seriously and will feel respected.