“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”
-General Douglas MacArthur
Can leaders demand respect simply because of their position or title? The obvious answer to this question is NO.
Leaders earn respect leading by example, “Do as I do” rather than “Do as I say do”. They earn respect by being up front and honest with their employees, treating them with “dignity and respect”. Dignity and respect go both ways.
I have been in the Human Resources area for nearly 42 years. Over the years , I have made observations of actions and behaviors that in my opinion define “positive leadership”. They are as follows:
- Positive leaders are people builders, they are in the construction business, not the demolition business.
- Positive leaders are fair and consistent when administering organization policies and procedures.
- Positive leaders encourage an open two-way flow of communications.
- Positive leaders do not leave their employees in the dark creating an atmosphere of anxiety and insecurity.
- Positive leaders recognize the need for responding to employee issues/concerns in a prompt manner.
- Positive leaders work in conjunction with Human Resources to ensure that internal pay equity is maintained among employees.
- Positive leaders take up for their employees, stand behind and support them when necessary.
- Positive leaders never take credit for employee accomplishments and ideas—they always give credit and praise where such is due.
- Positive leaders work diligently to create an atmosphere of teamwork, a culture where every job and person is important, avoiding a “we/they” relationship.
Imitate these traits and you will find employees who work for you because they want to, not because they have to. If you want to learn more about how your business can cultivate these qualities within its employees, please give our Advice and Resolution Team a call at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.