Great Leaders: Are You Approachable, Committed and Honest?

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Great Leaders: Are You Approachable, Committed and Honest?

Being a great leader means being approachable, committed, and honest. You can appear more approachable by keeping your office door open and you can show your commitment by being the first one in and the last to leave at your office. You can be honest with your employees by following through on what you say you will be done.

How to Be More Approachable

You don’t have to try to be the ‘cool’ boss or be anyone’s best friend, but there are simple ways to become a more approachable boss.

Start by smiling and saying hello to your employees when you see them for the first time during the workday. From there out, smile and make eye contact every time you see them. This simply shows that you acknowledge them and even though you may be running to a meeting or a conference call, you still see them as important.

The next step to becoming a more approachable boss is to keep your office door open at all times (unless you’re in a private meeting or on a call). Often, managers, business owners and bosses will ask: ‘then how am I supposed to get anything done if people can freely barge in? Well, if an employee is coming to her boss with a question, it’s obviously something that needs to “get done.’

The final step is responding to emails as quickly as possible. You may not even be able to get to them within the same day, or two days, but you must make sure that you respond to every email that your employees and partners send to you. Ignoring employee emails shows that you don’t deem employees’ questions as important.

How to Be More Committed

It may seem odd that you would have to become more committed to your own business, but showing employees and partners that you place the business (essentially your employees’ financial futures) highly on your list of priorities is pinnacle.

Here is a list of ways you can show your employees that you are committed to your business.

  •  Show up first and leave last. You should be putting in more hours than any other employee. If your business has a day and night shift, show up before the day shift and stick around for a bit with the night shift. Swap out days occasionally so that you are on for the entire night shift.
  • If your operation is small, you shouldn’t have any benefits that your other full time employees don’t have. If everyone parks on the street, so should you. If you have a nice ergonomic chair, your employees should have something comparable – it’s a must.
  • Don’t take long stretches of vacation that you wouldn’t allow your employees to take. If you’re stingy about letting employees use their vacation time to take off two weeks in a row, then you shouldn’t be allowed to do it either. Likewise, if you’re open for business on a holiday then you better be in the office too.
  • Invest in your employees by providing training and learning experiences to help them get better at their jobs. By investing in them, you show them that you’re committed to keeping them around for a long time.

How to Be More Honest

Being honest with your employees and partners means delivering what you promise, and not promising what you can’t deliver. When you are honest about your capabilities, your employees and partners can schedule accordingly. They won’t be let down by you if you over-promise and fail to deliver.

Follow the steps found below on Setting a Goal and Executing a Strategy Here are a few quick tips to get you started.

  • Don’t feel obligated to immediately say when you’ll be able to turn around a deliverable or project. It may feel like you’re being assertive and hardworking to commit a deadline immediately, but often you’ll over-promise and fall short or mangle your schedule.
  • Instead, say, “That’s something I can do. Let me assess the time frame it will take to do it and get back to you in 24 hours.” By promising when you’ll get back to the person, you still have the impression of assertiveness, but you now have the time to assess your strategy and deadline for the project.
  • If you commit to something before assessing – if it can be done, back out as soon as possible. People have a habit of committing to something (especially social events) knowing full well they don’t want to go or can’t and then delay cancelling until the moment of the event. You can always use the line from the tip above to let someone know that you need to reassess your commitment. And remember, the sooner you cancel, the better for everyone.

These are just a few quick tips that will allow you to be Approachable, Committed and Honest?

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