Leading a group of people ca be challenging. From motivation to managing diverse personalities and skill sets, leading group toward a common goal presents its own challenges. Developing the skills to lead can be done in many ways and is often done over a period of several years.
Still, some young leaders find themselves with the grit and knowledge able to lead a team. However, they often face additional challenges that their older, more experienced counterparts do not. “One of the most significant hurdles young leaders and managers face, before they even get the trust of those they are leading, is gaining the respect of the team.” (Forbes)
Here are four ways young leaders can gain respect from those they work with, according to Mark Hall of Forbes:
1) Demonstrate Some Mastery of the Role/Industry
“Learn the ins-and-outs of your people, their work, your industry and the history behind it all. This will show people that you understand where they are coming from and that you have formulated a vision of where things are going”
2) Share What You Know, Admit What You Don’t Know
“When you don’t know something, just say it.”
We’d like to add that when you do know something, explain it and allow others to learn from you.
3) Use Your Perspective as an Asset
“If you are new to a company, leverage your fresh perspectives on how things should work and suggest new and innovative solutions to old or challenging problems.”
4) Empower Others to Make Meaningful Decisions
“Earn trust by giving trust. Provide people the opportunity to make important decisions, and they will see you value their opinion and perspective.”
Show your leadership skills by believing in the people you work with, allowing them to develop their belief in you.
Following these tips should help you overcome hurdles as a young leader to develop the trust of your employees and take your team to the Next Level!