What makes a good role model and how do I ensure that I acted as a role model for employees I supervise?
A role model is a person whom people look up to and admire. They display certain qualities and behaviors to learn from. Qualities of a good role model in the workplace is respect of others, dedication to their job; shown by their hard work and success, listening to people without judgment, giving credit where credit is due, provides a positive and encouraging work environment, uses realistic and rational thought in decision making and allows others to provide their point of view. To be a good role model in the workplace to employees I manage I can firstly take on the attitude of leading by example; by doing this I will gain respect I require from my employees. Secondly, I need to be aware of my behavior and its effect on others. I also need to give off positive energy to the work environment and constantly encourage staff. To be a good role model means I have to treat everyone the same; there can be no prejudices or preferences for people. It is important for me to respect people and their opinions, always listen to people and make them feel valued and lastly always act professional.
What are the traits of an effective leader? Do I have these traits? How would I develop these traits?
To be an effective leader requires traits that are either inherent to a person or can be learnt. The traits that make an effective leader first begins with respect; a leader will treat all people with respect regardless of their position within the organisation. Secondly, a leader will empower their team by encouraging people to push their boundaries further and further for success. Effective leaders will also take accountability for their actions; they never make excuses when something goes wrong. When something does go wrong a leader will take immediate action to solve the problem. Next, a leader will always listen to ideas and be respectful no matter if the idea is good or...