Productivity in the workplace is non-existent without a strong leader in command. Employees – subordinates – must be kept in line at all times and only a leader with the right attitude can achieve this objective. Despite this, the workplace is not a barrack and the employees are not soldiers. The leader of a workplace is not the general of an army or the tyrant of a nation, but a role model and a guiding hand. There must be a balance between punishment and praise, for if you treat the employees too harshly, they will hate you and lose the motivation to work. Treat them too soft and they will become prideful and lazy. These are two traits a great leader should have:
Trustworthy: It is not possible to get 100% from the people working under you if they don’t trust you. How motivated will they be if they believe that the person commanding them doesn’t know what he’s doing? Work hard, put effort into your job, do twice their workload; show them who’s boss. When they get the picture that you deserve your position, there shouldn’t be anyone left talking behind your back.
Fair: Hail success, punish failure, but only up to their worth. Whether it is the workplace or high school, picking favorites never led to anything good. Rejecting because of a bias is the same thing. Word spreads around fast and awarding employees disproportionate to what they achieved or punishing employees in excess of their shortcoming will get to every ear. Motivation amongst the employees then becomes unbalanced and teamwork crumbles. Of course, without teamwork, there is no productivity in the workplace.
A great workplace is only as great as its leader. Even with power in your hands, it is not to be abused. A strong leader secures productivity in the workplace by working as hard as he wants his employees to.
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