"Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others." ~John Maxwell

"A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but one who carries water for his people so that they can get on with their jobs" ~Unknown

You may or may not be a fan of New Year’s Resolutions, but odds are you’ve made some goals for 2016 for yourself and your organization. It might be to manage your time better, get the promotion, boost sales 25%, get some specific projects across the finish line. The thing is though…

You’re a leader. It’s not about you, it’s about your team

Your role is to work through your team to get the maximum productivity out of everyone. Having personal goals is fine, but the real focus of your goals should be on what you can do for your team. Here are a few examples you might consider and what you get out of each of them.

Develop three new skills in each team member – Career development and personal development are routinely near the top of every survey on employee satisfaction. People want to see positive change in their lives and careers. By recognizing this and working with them on their development you will gain their respect, gratitude and you’ll be making them more and more valuable to you and the organization. You Get: Better Skilled Workforce, Trust

How can you micromanage them less – Micromanagement is a thief of your time and focus, as well as being a horrendous irritant to your team. There are methods to explore like scheduled updates, toll-gates, and utilizing examples that can help you minimize your “need” to micromanage. Explore them for the good of everyone. You Get: More Time, An Empowered Workforce

Help them manage time better – And speaking of time, what about helping the team manage theirs better? Can you look into specialization and batching tasks and duties, better scheduling and deadlines, a review of dependencies? Is there a class you can sign them up for? A book you can all read? You aren’t the only one who has a ton of competing priorities and a full plate. You Get: More Productivity, Fewer Crisis

Focus on new ways to communicate in order to improve the relationship – An area where you can always make improvements is in your communication. Finding new ways to have both structured and unstructured communication can reap huge benefits. Maybe you start having bi-weekly or monthly team meetings, maybe you start a newsletter, maybe you walk around and say “Hi” to everyone in the morning, whatever it is there is very little chance of downside if you’re communicating more. You Get: Fewer Misunderstanding, More Ideas, Better Morale

Don’t put the cart before the horse, your results will flow through your team. Look at your own goals and see if some of them are better served by making them goals for your team. Focus on helping them and you’ll help yourself far better.

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