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Understanding Leadership and Power and How the Roles Work

Often in our industry, we assume that all the power players in the company are coming from the boss-type figures. When, in fact, being a CEO, manager, or supervisor is a role that carries weight, but leadership is the most powerful influence you can have. A leader does not view themself as better than others but always goes first. This is because a leader walks toward the danger, takes the risk, and leads the pack. Most often, the greatness in a team starts from the leader setting high standards. It is essential to know how you lead others, hold yourself accountable, and gain your team’s trust. Learn the needs of your team members and help them to recognize their significance within the organization.  Be an example of the type of worker you want everyone to be. Instead of trying to motivate your team, make a daily effort to inspire them. Show them you are hardworking, committed, and always on time. If your employees trust your judgment, they will work efficiently, even when you are not around. Create a workplace environment and culture that your team takes pride in being a part of. Encourage your employee’s self-development; support continued learning to strengthen and build onto your team’s skills.  For an organizational team to reach its full potential, the leaders must be encouraging communication between team members. Organizations are most effective when they are comfortable in their environment and asking their team members questions for help and advice comes easy. If you are struggling with having a cohesive team, team building enhances collaboration. Each team member’s responsibilities are interconnected and dependent upon one another. Give your team the freedom to utilize their talents and permit them to make mistakes. Team building helps to understand how individuals work as a group and help each member to feel invested in the accomplishments of the team.  Regardless of your role, it would help if you worked well with others. Even when companies are looking for someone to fill a position that is composed of mostly independent work, they will inevitably be searching for a team player to add to the company. Some essential characteristics of a team player are: Communication 
  • Ability to express your thought and ideas clearly, directly, and honestly
Active Listening 
  • Absorbing, understanding, and considering others perception and opinion
Offer Help 
  • Working with others to accomplish a job and being supportive 
Reliability 
  • Consistent, and committed to their contribution 
Respectfulness
  • Using courtesy and consideration
Cotney Consulting Group wants to help your roofing business enhance your leadership skills and develop team-building strategies that will strengthen your team’s trust, improve company morale, and overall lead to increased productivity.  To schedule your free consultation, reach out to cotneyconsulting.com or call (866) 303-5868 for more information.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

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