Don’t be a bad boss, lead well with these tips

HAVE you started the new year with a promotion to team leader? Congratulations.

Here's how you can become a respected and successful boss and avoid falling into bad habits that will harm your career, according to recruiting firm Hays.

"As a new leader, it's all too easy to slip unconsciously into poor behaviours without realising it," managing director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand Nick Deligiannis said.

"Sometimes people are so keen to prove their leadership skills and make a difference that they forget to stop and think. This leads to poor leadership, which impacts their team and leads to rising turnover.

"It also has a negative impact on their career prospects longer-term."

According to Hays, respected and successful bosses are:

Unique when they lead: find your own way; assess your behaviour objectively. Consider your leadership performance in terms of coercion, reward and inspiration. Aim to be a role model who uses your own unique expertise to lead and inspire your team.

Aware of stress triggers: learn what triggers you to become stressed. "When stressed we do not always make a rational decision but can instead react emotionally. But if you know your stress triggers, you can modify your behaviour and remain calm under pressure," Mr Deligiannis said.

Seek out honest feedback: "Leaders are often surrounded by 'yes' people who tell you what you want to hear," Mr Deligiannis said. "So seek out appraisals from trusted contacts inside and outside the business who will talk to you honestly.

"360-degree appraisals can also provide feedback on how your team members feel they are led."

Think globally: "Today's leaders need to be able to work seamlessly across different cultures.

"In our globalised economy, good leaders avoid the narrow-minded view that if an approach works in their country it will work in another. Cultural sensitivity is an important competency for leaders today," Mr Deligiannis said.

Exercise: keeping yourself and your brain healthy will build personal resilience and enhance decision-making capabilities and effectiveness.

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