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WHAT A LEADER SHOULD NOT DO – 3 Suppressing the good work of the employees

What a leader should not do: Suppress the good work of his employees

Continuing from where we left off.

“Reasons for dissatisfaction of subjects: By ruining rightful acts; By not giving what ought to be given and securing what ought not to be given to (him –the leader)” (7.5.19-26)

There are leaders who try to suppress many good works that are done. For example, if there are any projects or ideas that have been worked out by the subordinates, they should not be destroyed. Rather they should be preserved and considered as an asset to the organisation.

Next is to give what is rightful to the subjects—be it salaries, incentives or promotions. Even a pat on the back is a great boon to the juniors. Thirdly, the leader should not try to get for himself that he does not deserve. He should only take his due share.

Here are some tips to practice the above:

 

See to it that others get equal opportunities to become a good leader themselves. A good leader is the one who creates more leaders.


Encourage new ideas

Your employees are not just machines to be operated. They are human beings with a head on their shoulders. From each mind comes a different idea, and new ideas are the fuel of any organisation. As a leader, it is very important to keep a note of these new ideas and experiment with them.

While doing that, involve the employee who came up with that particular idea. Also give credit to them.

Honour and respect them

A psychologist once said, “Like food, shelter and clothing, appreciation, is a basic human need too”. So learn to appreciate every person. A good word from the boss goes a long way to boost employee morale.

And this should not be merely artificial. Show that you genuinely respect them. In many companies, there are ‘Employee of the Month’ awards. Even a photo is displayed at the reception.

Never misuse your power

Remember the famous dialogue from the movie Spiderman: Peter Parker is being advised by his uncle, “With great power comes great responsibilities…!” A leader can misuse the power if he is not a person of integrity. Especially if he is not answerable to anyone. However, he should make himself accountable to himself. Additionally, see to it that others get equal opportunities to become a good leader themselves. A good leader is the one who creates more leaders.

In the Navy, when the ship crosses the equator, a ceremony called ‘Crossing the line’ is held. During this, a junior cadet is made the captain of the ship and all the officers have to follow his orders.

Try this for a day in your organisation. While this may be fun, you will also learn a lot what your juniors think about you.

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