In most cases, employees take cues from management about what is or isn’t acceptable in the workplace. Many workers will model the behavior of those above them on the ladder, both intentionally and incidentally. As a result, how a manager acts has a significant impact on a company’s culture, a team’s success, and more.
Being a great role model for your employees doesn’t have to be a challenge. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are some tips that can help.
Above All, Value Honesty
Dishonesty has a way of infecting a company’s culture. When leaders aren’t forthright, employees may assume that they don’t have to be either. In turn, this creates an environment where falsehoods can reign, creating a complex landscape that becomes harder to navigate because no one knows if the information is reliable.
Honesty, in the end, is paramount. If you can provide clear, accurate answers to questions or share critical pieces of information, do so. If you’re asked a question that you legitimately can’t answer, don’t offer a dishonest response. Instead, be honest that you can’t share that information and give a basic reason why. That way, you aren’t relying on falsehoods.
Trustworthiness and honesty often go hand-in-hand. However, being trustworthy also means following through on promises you said you’d keep and otherwise meeting your commitments.
If your team can’t trust that you’ll do what you said you would, the dynamic can end up irreparably harmed. So, if you make a commitment, make sure to keep it or, if something goes awry, be honest about what happened. That way, you can preserve the integrity of the relationships.
If management isn’t punctual and prepared, with every item in its place and every task reasonably tracked, your workforce won’t be either. Failing to be organized allows others to develop those poor habits, which can be detrimental to the business.
Organization should always be a priority. Keep a close eye on your schedule, build in buffer time if you need it, put things where they belong, and stay on top of deadlines. By doing so, your team will know that organization is a priority, and they’ll follow suit.
Playing favorites or bending the rules for some but not others come with ramifications. Without fairness, resentment builds, damaging the company’s culture and breeding distrust.
In the end, fairness needs to be part of your approach. When tasks are divvied out equitably, and everyone’s held to the same standard, it creates a sense of comradery. Plus, no one feels like they are getting the short end of the stick, which can be good for morale.
Ultimately, by focusing on the tips above, you can be a role model for your team. If you’d like to learn more about how you can guide your workforce toward greater success, The Squires Group staff can help. Contact us today.