You want to be flexible as a leader
since you don’t want your employees to be under pressure. If they feel like
they need to do too many things at once, and you don’t offer sufficient time,
it could be too much for them. On the flip side, you also don’t want your
employees to feel like you’re too lenient, and they can do whatever they want.
You have to walk that fine line to ensure that results are delivered on time,
without making everyone feel pressured.
Set clear rules
You need to have clear rules for
everyone to follow. It would be easier to implement changes or force people to
meet deadlines if everything is clear. No one will complain that you’re
too strict, or you punish everyone in your team. Remind your employees about
these rules and allow them to ask questions or make
suggestions for improvement. The point is that you can’t enforce something
that’s unclear to everyone.
Talk to employees in private
If your employees ask for a favor,
you have to listen first. Entertain them on a case to case basis. Sometimes,
there are clear reasons for the delays in the submission of tasks or failure to
respond to emails. Don’t scold your employees since you don’t know what they’re
going through. It’s even more important at this time. Some people have recently
lost a loved one, and are still recovering. Others have financial issues to deal
with due to their partners losing a job. You can’t be firm and punish employees
for things beyond their control. Sure, professionalism is necessary, but you
have to provide a leeway depending on the situation.
Don’t allow someone to abuse your
There are times when you have to
excuse someone for failing
to provide the results on time. You want to show kindness and
understanding. However, you can’t allow your employees to abuse your flexibility.
They might think that you’re okay that they always delay results. If it becomes
a habit, it would be terrible for the team. Other employees will think you’re
unfair. It tells them to do the same. They will also keep asking for favors and
make up reasons for you to believe them.
You might show biases
The last thing you want is for your
employees to accuse
you of being biased. They might think that you prefer some employees over
the others. It’s even worse if some of them are your friends or family members.
It’s already quite controversial that you have friends in your team. Giving
them favors since you know them better would make things even worse.
There’s nothing wrong in being kind
and flexible. Every leader needs to possess that attitude. It’s only an issue
if you can no longer do your job well. If everyone requires you to be flexible,
rules won’t be followed. There will be hurt feelings, and it’s not good for the
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