How to be remembered as a “Hall-of-Famer”
As I sat and watched the MLB Hall of Fame Ceremony on Sunday I was filled with emotion. Growing up a child of the 80s and 90s, there was no athlete I wanted to be more like than Chipper Jones. Hearing him speak brought back so many memories that built my love of baseball. It was great to see his family, teammates, and coaches on hand to celebrate with him. His manager, Bobby Cox, and General Manager, John Schuerholz, are both in the Baseball Hall of Fame for their contributions to the Braves record 14 straight division titles from 1991 to 2005. Now that’s good management. What are you doing as a leader at your credit union to help your team succeed? Here are some things to think about if you want to be remembered as a “Hall-of-Famer”…
Remain steadfast: When times get tough, employees can get rattled. As the boss, it’s your job to stay cool, calm, and collected. When craziness invades your office, you are the one who calms everyone down. Step back, take a deep breath, and lead your team in solving whatever problem has arisen.
Tell the truth: When it comes to your employees, you’re not doing them any favors if you’re not completely upfront with them. Sometimes you may think it’s in an employee’s best interest to keep some things to yourself, but if you really want your staff to trust you, you should be honest about anything that could affect them.
Be a Mr. Fix-it: It’s your job to keep things running smoothly. Being able to troubleshoot and fix problems can be one of the most important aspects of being a leader. When difficult issues arise, you’re the one who should embrace the challenge of fixing them.
Love your job: If you don’t love your job and the people you work with, your employees will know it. While you might fool some people for a while, sooner or later it’ll start to show. If you don’t love the position you’re in, it’ll be really tough for you to be optimistic, engaging, and motivating.