Today’s perception of leaders is rapidly changing. One study finds that by 2020 the workforce in the United States will contain 50% of millennials. In face of these trends, young leaders are being asked to step up and take on significant leadership roles. In this article we discuss how young leaders can earn the respect of their teams and superiors.
Prove your Value at the earliest
One of the obstacles which young leaders face is the perception that they may not be up to the job due to a lack of necessary experience. To overcome this, young leaders should create goals for themselves and share with their team and superiors. They should then ensure that they achieve their objectives at the earliest possible, proving that the capability of performing as needed is evident.
Care about your team
Your chances of earning someone’s respect increase dramatically when you show that you care about their wellbeing. This does not mean that you should refrain from exercising discipline when required and that you should accommodate all requests.
You should always show care for the career development of your team members individually and also collectively as a group, whilst making yourself available to discuss any work related or personal matters.
Your team’s success is your success
A key difference between a leader and a boss is that the former is judged by the success of his team whilst the latter focuses on his own individual self. This suggests that a leader should constantly look for ways on how to put his team under the spotlight whenever a project is successfully executed.
Create an environment which is conducive for good, constructive and honest feedback. Ask your team for feedback on what can be done better, even after successful results. Improvement can always be achieved for the wellbeing of the team and embracing two way communication is vital in sustaining good team work dynamics and strong relationships between team members.
Empower your team members
Guide your team members, however do not micro manage. Empower your staff and give them tasks which match their abilities with minimal hand-holding. This will give them confidence that they are trusted with delivering high priority tasks.
Seek advice from other leaders
It is perfectly fine to accept that you will not have all the answers all the time. This is why you should work towards a network of like-minded peers who you can have discussions with and share ideas.
Accepting that we are all human and that we all make mistakes is a significant show of maturity and is fitting for a leadership role. Your team members will respect you more if you accept that we all need to learn from our errors and that it is through these learning curves that we become better in our roles.