A leader is not defined by the position he holds, but more by his actions and influence on others. Being a CEO does not ensure good leadership skills and being a junior manager should not stop you from working towards becoming a better leader.
A good leader is genuinely invested into the success of his team and ensures that the people he’s responsible for are continually moving towards success. While each leader has his own way to ensuring this, good leaders know that the closer they are to their teams, the more change they can effect.
Here are 5 reasons why it’s essential for leaders to blend with their teams.
1. To encourage openness
Being one with your team eliminates the distance between designations and encourages your team to be open about issues and challenges they’re facing. By helping them overcome these challenges, you can help your team perform better and succeed.
2. To develop empathy
Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, is a strong advocate of using empathy for effective leadership. He calls it “compassion management” and believes that empathy helps him understand different points of view. Blending with your team makes your realize that your team members are more that just your employees -enabling you to connect them on different levels.
3. To create a strong work ethic
If your team sees you as an outsider sitting on a ivory tower giving orders, they will never be able to work the way you want them to. By working with them closely, you have the opportunity to lead by example and influence them to perform better. They might even pick up some of your habits which will help them increase their productivity.
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4. To understand operations and execution better
As a leader, you’re often looking at reports and market data which is essential for you to create strategies for the future. Blending with your team can give you deeper insights into operational and executional challenges and what changes can be made to evolve your business or even reach a wider audience. You can then use these insights to formulate a strategy that’s more detailed and targeted.
5. To induce a better work culture
There are enough studies to prove that work culture plays a major role in motivating and retaining employees. Culture always trickles down from the top management and by blending with your team, you have the opportunity to shape the culture you wish to create. Your team is always looking up to you and when they see you acting in a certain way, they’re bound to get influenced by it.