Bob Chapman’s takeover of HaysenSandiacre, the manufacturing company, resulted not only in an increase of trust but people looking forward to the work day. Factory floor employees grew closer and teamwork was the not only the expectation, but the desired norm.
Because it was the desired norm it was the natural expectation!
Imagine going to work everyday and knowing that not only does your team look forward to being there, but they look forward to being there with you.
If you already have this, it’s likely that many barriers between team leader and team member are removed. Now it’s important not to be a pushover – that you inspire accountability. But it’s equally as important for your team to know that they matter more than any perks you might enjoy in your leadership role.
If it means making sacrifices — make them. If it means taking a team member’s shift so they can spend their first Thanksgiving in a long time with their family — then take it. Celebrate Thanksgiving on Friday. If the thought comes to your mind of “I have paid my dues…it is their turn” sadly, you are not progressing as a leader. As a wise and inspired person once said “Leadership is not a cloak of comfort. It is a robe of responsibility”.
As a leader you will often endure the pain of sacrifice for the much greater reward of loyalty and trust.
Now I don’t want you to think you have to be a people person to gain trust in the work place. King George of England had a debilitating speech impediment that caused him to be very reluctant socially, but people fiercely trusted him…because he made sacrifices for them.
Find those barriers, and find what they are doing to your team members.