As a leader, are you 100% sure that your team started the office with positive energy? If your answer is “No”, you need to ask yourself some questions.
Do you often find your teammates complaining about their work, job, and mismanagement?
Do you feel like the teammates are discouraged and constantly irritable?
You may find it difficult to believe, but it is often due to the overbearing leadership trait that ends up intimidating the teammates.
A leader plays a very crucial role of managing teams in a way where the employees feel satisfied, happy, and motivated to work. The key to getting it right is by not being intimidating or ruling through force of character.
Gallup’s study has proved that most of the employee engagement is navigated by their manager.
Now, if we talk about spreading bad energy in the workplace, then you must know that it affects your team in every possible way.
Let’s say Edward is the leader of a team of eight members. He loves his teams and job, and the team members always work together in unity and bring good results.
Recently, Edward got to know that there has been a change in the shift schedule for him and all his team members. But he does not seem to be happy or motivated about it, and every day he starts his work in a bad or irritated mood. His team starts to notice this energy and eventually mirrors his mood at work as the work environment shifts drastically.
Edward’s stress and mood reflected on the team, and now they have lost a leader and employee trust. There is a lack of productivity and motivation, and the results are not coming so good.
Edward’s story states that the team easily picks their leader’s mood and reflects it on their work as well as their interaction with other team members.
Now, the question arises is – As a leader how can you manage the negative vibes and follow the correct leadership principle?
Here are some ways that can be used to pick the negative mood and develop a healthy environment within your team.
1. Find out the bad mood:
Managers are sometimes unable to pinpoint the source of their stress, or strike the correct balance between work and life, affecting their mood and work style. People and team members are often affected by the vibes of these leaders. Vibes are contagious after all, aren’t they?
Once you’ve figured out what’s causing your stress and distraction at work, you’ll be able to see the positive side of things, which will enable you to lead and push your team in the right direction, resulting in stronger relationships and engagement.
2. Make the opportunity to express opinion:
Talk to your employees and let them express their thoughts and opinions about the work environment, policies, and procedures. Let them express their thoughts on what problem they are facing or what they think can be changed or improved.
Allowing these conversations helps build a better relationship between the leader and the teammate. It is the leadership principle that makes the work environment better where team members and managers can have one-on-one free conversations.
3. Reach out to positive people:
As a leader, sometimes you also need to reach out to people who can bring back your energy and motivate you to brighten your mood. Surround yourself with people who bring positive energy to you, whether they are your close friends, family members, or employees. Have regular conversations with them so you can stay on track.
Only the charge of your energy and nothing else should affect your productivity and focus from work.
4. Be fully present and attentive:
Being on a higher level does not mean that you should divide your attention only to a few people. If you are working with several teammates, then everyone requires the same amount of attention from you.
Create an environment where everyone is attentive to their work. As a leader, you should also be present, recognize your team’s efforts, and encourage them to do their best so they stay motivated.
5. Employees reflect their leaders:
When your team displays respect and strength for you and establishes genuine relationships with you, your leadership principles are successful.
Employees, for the most part, follow their leader’s lead and operate in a similar manner. The manager’s actions, both good and bad, have an impact on their team and employees.
If the manager-employee relationship is reinforced, productivity will increase as well.
To follow the successful leadership principle, you need to be aware of how your mood, behavior, and actions affect your team. Be present and open to developing a positive relationship with your employees.
A leader should be a problem solver and motivator who keeps their employee happy and maintains a healthy productive relationship by tackling all the negative thoughts and outcomes.