“People don’t leave companies. They leave leaders.”
I’ll never forget when one of my former bosses looked me in the eye and told me that when I let him know that one of my team members had handed in her resignation.
Dissatisfaction with a manager’s leadership style (or lack thereof) is one of the primary motivators for switching jobs.
So how do you tell if you’re an effective leader? By the results your team achieves? Yes and no. Team morale is another important indicator.
The bottom line is, you have goals to accomplish and you need your team to assist you, so how effective a leader you are will come down to how you achieve those goals.
Sir Richard Branson has been quoted as saying “If you can learn to motivate your staff and improve their morale, they will be inspired to return your faith in them with high efficiency and productivity … Shape your enterprise around your people”.
A good leader is someone who knows how to turn an objective into a reality through the cooperation of others. Your ability to inspire them and their subsequent achievement of the goal are what determine your calibre as a leader. Good team morale will follow naturally.
And remember, when you’ve got a good team who have bonded through mutual achievement, keep them away from possible outside negative influences. After all, as the same former boss who shared the unforgettable opening words to this post once also told me, “Leadership is about keeping those who really respect you away from those who haven’t quite yet made up their minds”!
Are you a good boss?
Your self-assessment can begin today, thanks to an awesome infographic recently published by our friends at Hedway Capital that guides you through the process of identifying your positive and negative attributes as a boss. Check it out below.