5 Simple Hacks You Can Do To Be A Better Leader

Hack 1. Earn their respect

An employee is more likely to work harder for you if you work hard as well. Set the right example for them as culture nearly always starts at the top. Don’t be rude, smug, and show them that you care about their welfare and that you aren’t just using them. Another easy way of earning respect is by being honest. Most people take pride in their work, so don’t be afraid to give credit where credit is due. At the same time, be honest with them about their work.

Hack 2. Learn from your team

Always stay humble, no one enjoys working for a jerk. Don’t assume that just because you are someone’s boss that you can’t learn from them. Steve Jobs didn’t single-handedly invent the iPhone, his employees did. If your employees have an idea they are passionate about, listen, and take notes. Shutting them down will stifle innovation. If the merits outweigh the negatives, give the idea a go. The best leaders listen and learn from their employees. Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX learned rocket science from his employees partly by committing textbooks to memory and by listening to his employees.

Hack 3. Have SMART goals

There is a lot of literature about making goals efficiently and successfully. Having proper goals set allows you to work towards them and to tick them off in a measurable way so you know every time you complete them. The best method is by setting “SMART” goals. Smart goals are as follows:

  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-Bound

Hack 4. Share your story

If you a founder with an interesting back story, don’t be afraid to share that story with your team. They might have a curiosity already but are afraid to tell them. By telling them the back story, they might feel more passionate about working for your business. If you made mistakes or large missteps, be honest and tell them so that they avoid the same mistakes.

Hack 5. Review your leadership

Routinely reflect on how you are doing as a leader. Ask yourself:

  • Is your team buying into your company’s vision?
  • Does your team trust you?
  • What is the culture like? Is it where you want it to be?
  • How accountable is everyone in the team to one another?

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store