“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”
Human life is full of struggles with troubles and challenges. Our life success is defined and determined through numerous contests and uncertainties. Often we encounter hard times in our professional as well as personal life. In the face of difficulty, whom do we feel to talk to? Whom do we miss when we get into some painful experiences in our life? Those people whom we want to meet at our difficult times are encouraging guardians and friends in our lives. If your men feel you during their difficult times and challenges, that means you are in their hearts.
You may observe in your team some people feel unhappy with their work, and sometimes they feel highly discouraged working in some environments. Some people may lack self-confidence, the ability to grow, and have no courage to face challenges. These people are your subject. Being a leader, you need to encourage them to move on and help them reach greater heights in life. Encouragement helps them to take challenges toward a positive change because humans have the usual potential for better constructiveness in their lives. People need inspiration and motivation to maximize their hidden prospects. They need hope to grow further, they need emotional support to overcome difficulties. Being a leader, you need to inspire them, renew their courage and reinforce their spirit.
People feel honored and cared for when they are motivated to do noble things. They feel proud and happy to become part of great work. Your responsibility is to motivate, encourage and inspire them by the essence of enormity and nobility of their job. Motivation is often found in some simple words of wisdom. A tiny yet powerful word can inspire people a lot. Again a little casual talk or act of a leader may cause severe damage to their motivation. As such, you need to remain conscious of your every word and action. Leadership is all about influencing and inspiring people. When you can encourage them successfully, the results are often amazing. George Patton said, “Don’t tell people how to do things, inspire them what to do, and let them surprise you with their results.” To enjoy your leadership role, you may take the following notes as assistance:
- Build and hold an environment of mutual trust. Let your people feel that you know their strengths and are confident in their capabilities.
- Respect their ideas and allow your men to make decisions. Help them understand their mistakes by themselves and not by you.
- Give them more responsibilities and let them feel valued. When people feel respected, the natural outcome is more respect towards you and more productivity.
- Go out of your way to boost their self-esteem. Inspire people to pursue a life of pride through their actions and works. Inspire them to lead spiritual living with principles and values.
- Set personal examples of actions to encourage your men. John Quincy Adams pointed out if your actions inspire people to dream more, learn more, do more, and grow more, you are a leader.
Being a leader, you may sometimes have to pronounce clear orders and enforce limits but keep a balance while using authority. Be firm, but be kind. At times, your men may turn against your opinion if you do not use your authoritative power with compassion and wisdom. When you enforce an instruction, explain why that rule is essential to your men.
John Maxwell stated, “When people respect you as a person, they admire you; when they respect you as a friend, they love you; when they respect you as a leader, they follow you.”