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Being a good leader not only makes one’s job as an employer more rewarding, but it also makes the other employee’s jobs much easier. The main job of a leader is to provide their team with direction and guidance. Leaders are overseers. However, the best leaders do not micromanage because they trust in the abilities of their team and fellow colleagues. As the captain of the ship, leaders have the major responsibility to set an example because they aren’t exempt from making mistakes. Good leaders set a standard that they hold themselves accountable to. Setting a precedent is important especially in the workplace and should be done through effective communication followed by consistent actions.

Communication is the building block for any relationship and is fundamental for a business or company to prosper. Good leaders understand that effective communication, both verbally and non-verbally, regards the following:

Urgent Responsiveness

A good leader understands that other people are waiting for their direction, so they shouldn’t drag their feet when sharing information their team needs to know. There should be a sense of urgency to communicate what is expected from the team. That way, people don’t feel rushed and have more time to clarify any questions that might arise.

No Nonsense Policy

Gossip in the workplace or office banter shouldn’t be tolerated. Sometimes these actions are overlooked so long as workers are getting their work completed. However, a company and a good leader should care about the work atmosphere as well as each worker’s satisfaction. Bullying is unacceptable and all gossip should be acknowledged.

Reciprocation of Respect

Some non-verbal communication habits also reveal respect or perhaps a lack of respect. Actions do speak louder than words, especially in the workplace where everyone has their individual responsibilities expected of them. Having a worker who is expressing themselves kindly but seldom meets deadlines is just as bad as a worker who gossips but gets their work done. There is still dissonance that creates a hectic work environment. Good leaders understand this and enforce those rules. They pay attention to certain patterns because such behaviors can display a lack of respect. Last-minute meeting cancellations, late arrivals to meetings, and refusal to consider other few points display a lack of respect. Good leaders understand that these behaviors shouldn’t be tolerated and know how to address these matters.