It was a very unusual sight.
In the cafeteria of a big corporate house, a group of people had joined tables and were sitting in a circle. All of them had a somber look on their faces. People had tears in their eyes and a nostalgic smile on their face. The person at the head of the table was looking at their faces and smiled brightly albeit with a few tears glistening in her eyes. It was a informal farewell party of the Manager of the team.
All of us know that people leave their bosses and not the organization. But the reverse is also true. People stay in organizations for their bosses. But these type of bosses are a rare phenomenon.
So what do these leaders do that the team weeps when they leave ?
- They Teach : One of my school friends, recently created a Facebook page of my Alma Mater and many of us uploaded photographs of our schooldays and our school teachers. I was surprised to see that almost all of us remembered our favorite teachers who taught us not only text books , but something more... They taught us values which we be have carried with us ... The same goes for Managers/Leaders. Ask yourself, are you only concerned with project delivery or with every interaction with you, your team is learning something more ?
- They care : In the corporate world, sometimes we think that if you are caring and concerned about your team, they will take advantage. The project manager/leader might be branded as a "soft" manager. I somehow totally disagree with this. I think the managers who show emotional intelligence and care for their team , win them over for life. A smile, a pat of appreciation soars the motivation of the team to the highest level. Do you smile often ? Read my post [Should Leaders Smile] Do you remember their birthdays ? Do you speak encouragingly when you feel they are trying hard to meet the deadline but are facing some problems ?
- They share : Being the Manager does not mean that you should not share your problems with the team. It is sure lonely at the top and if a leader shares some of the problems with her team, she will be surprised . I have experienced many situations when I told about the problem in the project, the team came up with innovative ideas. All the more, they will stretch themselves hard. Sharing leads to de-stressing of the leader as well as build a rock solid team, with a shared goal. When the team sees that the leader is also as vulnerable as they are, they will extend their hand and become partners of success. Do you put down your guards and share both the good and the bad with your team ?
Share, Care and Teach .
And when you leave the organization and your team , see them weep !
Can you give some more behavior traits of such leaders ?