Every leader wants to be a good leader. In order to be the leader that your team needs you to be, you need to connect with them both personally and professionally. Here are five phrases you should use often, if you want to gain your team’s trust and respect.
“Here’s the deal.”: Your employees don’t like being in the dark. If there is an ongoing situation, your employees will eventually find out about it, so getting out in front of it will allow you to control the narrative. Be open and honest and let your team know what the situation is and what you’re going to do about it.
“What do you think?”: Ask your team for ideas and opinions and you’ll gain trust, while making your team feel valued. Often, you may get a good response from someone who thinks a lot differently than you, and that’s not always a bad thing.
“No worries.”: If an employee makes a little mistake and takes complete ownership of it before you’re even aware that it happened, brush it off. If they were honest about screwing up, there’s nothing you can say that they haven’t already said to themselves. By completely letting it go, you’ll show that you have trust in your team, and you’ll keep the employee from living in fear.
“How can I help?”: When you show a desire to help your team succeed, you’ll gain “mad respect, bro.” That’s something the kids say (I think). The point is, by giving your team the tools and assistance they need, you’ll be able to get the most productivity out of your team, and that’s good for everyone.
“My bad.”: It’s not always easy to admit mistakes when you’re the boss. But when you do, you’ll definitely be respected for it. Next time you know you’re at fault, you’ll easily impress your team if you can be humble enough to say so.