1. Approach every meeting, task, and project realizing that peers and subordinates are constantly watching you-even when you think they aren’t noticing a thing. Model the behavior you want to see copied.
2. Establish an environment in which employees thrive, not stagnate or die. Nourish people, and they will eat out of your hand.
3. Seek regular input and feedback from your employees, colleagues, Board, and stakeholders. Incorporate reasonable ideas into your daily operations and strategic plan.
4. Recognize and reward exceptional work. This motivates staff in powerful ways.
5. Demonstrate a willingness to embrace rather than resist change. Show people that you welcome the opportunities that come with hard times and special challenge.
6. Take definite steps to develop yourself professionally and personally. Assess your skills, behavior, and character honestly, and ask others who are close to you for input.
7. Create, implement, and regularly monitor progress around an organizational strategic plan. Involve representatives from all layers of your organization in these processes.
8. Build authentic relationships and solid partnerships with other people. Phony, false relationships can only haunt you and hurt your business.
9. Say what you mean and mean what you say-no exceptions. Communicate clearly.
10. Be transparent with your Board, colleagues, and employees. Secrecy undermines your credibility and perhaps even your future.
If you commit to living these ten tips, you generally succeed in getting others to trust you. Gaining trust is like owning gold-and lots of it. If folks don’t trust you, they don’t really care much about your impressive educational background, previous prestigious leadership/management experiences, and supposed skill set. They need to believe in YOU. When they do, they choose to follow you just about anywhere.
Sylvia Hepler, Owner and President of Launching Lives, is an executive coach based in South Central Pennsylvania. She connects with clients primarily by phone with in-between emails if desired. Her ideal clients are senior level corporate executives, nonprofit executive directors, and business owners who want to get unstuck, increase skills, create greater work/life balance, and clarify their sense of purpose.
Ms. Hepler’s background includes: teaching, public speaking, retail sales, freelance writing, and executive leadership of a 14 county nonprofit organization.
Ms. Hepler has created several products to support executives: two special reports, an audio CD on “making change”, and many articles.