There are moments at work when you feel that your star performers are not doing that well like they used to. Also, your employees avoid talking to you about anything. The first reason that pops up in your mind will be that their attitude towards the company has changed or they are looking for another job. In reality, the reason could be your leadership. A team can only perform at its best under good leadership.
If you notice any of the following signs in your office, it’s time to make some changes in the leadership style.
1. Deadlines become a major issue
When there is an issue with the leadership, one of the foremost sign indicating that in your office is the inability to meet the deadlines. If you are hitting major roadblocks in every project, it is time to take objective feedback from your peers and rectify the problems.
2. No one wants to interact with you
It is understandable that there should be a code of conduct in terms of interaction between the employees and the team leader. On the other hand, limited or no interaction can be problematic as well. If the employees are not reaching out and interactions are limited to a bare minimum, you might need to change your leadership style.
3. You are not delegating properly
You should know how every process is handled in the project, but that does not mean you have to do everything on your own. You should be aware of the people who can do the work better than you. If you are putting all the burden on to yourself, you need to change.
4. You are holding back advice
The people working under you should have trust in your advice about the project. If you are not confident enough about your thoughts and suggestions, you need to work on your leadership skills.
5. No respect for you
If your team does not respect you as a leader, there must be something you are not doing right. It is important to be strict as well as friendly to a certain limit so that the employees know you are approachable, which would also add to the respect you earn.
6. People quit frequently
If your team members are quitting the job only after a couple of months or in much shorter time than you had expected, there could be a lack in your leadership. Get feedback from the peers about the problems and see what you can do to improve the situation.
7. No dedication
If your employees are not dedicated towards work and do not volunteer to take new projects, there might be an issue with your leadership as you are unable to encourage them.
8. Unlikable results
If the final results are not in sync with what was expected during the project discussion, then there might be some issue with the leadership. In most of the cases, the team loses interest in the project in lack of proper leadership.
9. Decreased morale
If your employees are just working for the sake of a paycheck and you notice that there is lack of enthusiasm in the office environment, there is need to change the leadership style to boost the morale of the employees.
10. Unorganized office environment
If you are unable to keep the track of the projects at hand and the office seems chaos, there is a chance that the problem lies in your leadership. It is your responsibility to educate employees about how everything should be organized in your office.
11. Lack of focus
During the meeting or while working in the cubical, if the employees are inattentive and they are unable to focus on the projects, it is time to make major changes in your style of leadership.
12. Lack of empathy
There are times when your employees need your moral and emotional support. If you are unavailable to them at that time, you might not get the desired respect as a leader. If you lack in showing empathy for the employees, you need to work on your leadership skills.
It is understandable that not all teams are perfect but if the leader lacks some key leadership skills, the ship is going to sink sooner or later. If you notice anything odd in the employee behavior, make sure you look at your leadership style and rectify the problems steaming from your leadership skills it in time.