Businesses have transformed their makeup, online presence, and how their leaders operate. And consumers and workers alike are making a demand on organizations and their leaders to be authentic. Good leaders shape organizations, help the management and team make sound decisions, and keep the vision moving forward. But what specific responsibilities do a good leader need to help their business and team succeed?
7 Responsibilities of a Good Leader
A significant factor in good leadership is having the trust of the people of the team. Trust is one of the most critical factors in successful leadership, from a small group to an entire enterprise. If you do not have the trust of your people, you will never get the results you want.Leaders who inspire trust have been proven to get better output, increased morale, better employee retention, more innovation, more employee loyalty, and lower turnover rates.
You can build trust within your organization through:
Building Confidence in the Team
Good leaders build confidence within their organizations. When you equip and empower your workers to be and do their best, your organization as a whole will thrive. You won’t have to oversee as many tasks, and you’ll enable autonomy. You’ll also empower your employees to speak up more and make better decisions.
You can build confidence in your team by:
- Helping your team learn and grow
- Giving them tasks they enjoy or ones that will challenge them
- Being supportive
- Embracing failure and utilizing mistakes as opportunities for growth
Motivation is a powerful tool, but it’s one of the biggest challenges a leader faces. Unfortunately, most do not have a good understanding of how to do this. Leaders who can inspire people and teams are generally more successful, have loyal employees, and are often perceived as having the mysterious “executive presence.”
You can motivate your team by:
- Promoting purpose
- Reinforcing relatedness
- Tailoring motivators
- Cultivating an optimistic climate
- Promoting positive identity
- Creating clarity
- Supporting a healthy work-life mix
Morale is the outlook, attitude, and satisfaction felt with work. It’s a known fact that happy employees perform better than their competition. When morale is high, your organization will function more effectively. As a whole, you’ll experience less employee turnover, and your team’s creativity will improve.
You can build morale by:
- Communicating often with your team
- Establishing opportunities for employee recognition
- Allowing for employee feedback
When you establish accountability for you and your team, you give everyone the ability to be held answerable for achieving assignments or goals. Accountability is learned from the environment and the people with whom you work. Creating this kind of environment will allow others to accept responsibility, build trust, improve performance, and increase employee participation.
You can develop accountability by:
- Establishing clear roles, team leadership, and individual ownership
- Building a sense of ownership
- Giving people the freedom and control they need to make decisions
- Avoiding punishment
- Pursuing improvement
- Providing feedback
- Holding people responsible
Behaving with Integrity
Integrity is the adherence to a moral or ethical principle and pursuing an undiminished state or condition. More commonly, integrity is often stated as “walking the talk.” It’s a conscious behavioral decision that a person makes every day. For the leader of a team, a department, or an enterprise, integrity is most often seen in the continuity between the leader’s actions and words.
The benefits of integrity for a leader include building trust, setting high standards, establishing a solid reputation, and credibility.
You can behave with integrity by:
- Keeping your word
- Making fair decisions
- Communicating candidly and honestly
When you’re open to saying yes to new possibilities, ideas, and perspectives, you won’t limit your options. Leaders can be held back when they box themselves into only doing things a certain way. You cannot become complacent with the status quo; the world is changing too fast. When you remain open-minded, you’ll solve problems more effectively, drive professional growth, and you’ll reduce stress in the workplace.
You can create openness in the workplace by:
- Listening, learning, and experiment with new ideas and methods
- Developing personal relationships with your team, like calling them by their first names
- Engaging, communicating effectively, and genuinely listening to your employees
- Being open to constructive and healthy disagreement
The responsibilities of a good leader include trust, building confidence, motivation, building morale, establishing accountability, integrity, and being open-minded. When you walk in those characteristics, you’ll help your business and team grow, thrive, and succeed. Here at Belfield, our team has over 170 years of cumulative experience. As a result, we can help equip your leadership team with the tools needed to achieve your vision. Experience the Belfield difference!