The key to effective leadership is finding your sweet spot—knowing your strengths, your passions, and where you’re most likely to be productive and engaged. Those are the tasks you should spend the most time on. By further developing those strengths, you’ll become more motivated and inspire those around you to do the same. When your employees see you focusing your time and energy on the right tasks, your enthusiasm and engagement will grow contagious. Here’s how to find your management style sweet spot.
Employee Management Tips
1. Find your sweet spot
Your leadership sweet spot is what you enjoy doing, what you’re good at, and what adds value to your business. Start keeping track of the activities that fit this description. After a few weeks, you should have a pretty decent list.
2. Ask for input
Next, it’s time to ask others what they think your leadership sweet spot is. Other people might have insight that you couldn’t see yourself and open you up to new possibilities for your role and responsibilities. Or they might simply reinforce what you already believed it to be. Either way, it helps point you in the right direction so you can make sure your passions and skills are aligned with your daily tasks and what you contribute to the company.
3. Use your sweet spot
You can use your leadership sweet spot to add value to your company. Make time for whatever your sweet spot is so you can stay energized and motivated. If you have other tasks on your to-do list that can be delegated to other employees so you have more time for your sweet spot, do it. And be upfront about why you’re focusing on certain activities yourself. They’ll see that you’re self-motivated but prioritizing the well-being of the whole organization.
4. Spread the wealth
The next step is to encourage your employees to find their sweet spots. Lead your team in exploring their aspirations, concerns, passions, and opportunities. They should develop skills and grow into roles that are best for the organization. The more interested and enthusiastic they are about their responsibilities, the more engaged and productive they’ll be. You might even find a way to turn your worst performers into some of your most valuable employees. Suddenly your whole corporate culture will be one of motivation, aspiration, and engagement. Find the places where you want to spend your time and energy so you never burn out and allow your team to do the same.
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