With 40 hours a week on average being spent in the workplace (usually a lot more in recruitment), a good working dynamic is essential to both your sanity and your productivity, which is why I’ve drawn up five suggestions that can make a good leader in recruitment.
If anyone has been on the receiving end of an overbearing boss unfairly breathing down their neck or the micro manager that doesn’t give you the space to actually meet their targets, maybe this article will help.
Don’t manage, lead!
When running a team of recruiters you need to do more than simply delegate, you need to inspire highly motivated, autonomous individuals, that will walk through walls to get a target despite the odds and setbacks.
Recruitment can sometimes be full of knock-backs and be demoralising, so morale is essential to a team, a happy worker is often a good worker, so make sure your team is uplifted.
Practice what you preach
By leading by example, good bosses reinforce what they ask of employees and show they would not ask something of their staff that they wouldn’t expect of themselves.
A sure-fire way of alienating your staff is by demanding they do something that you are not prepared to do yourself, as the old adage of “do as I say not as I do”, creates a distinct and festering division between boss and employee.
Learn from your mistakes
“If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.”
All great leaders have made mistakes, because taking risks, albeit calculated ones, is party to being a leader. The sign of a good boss is learning from those mistakes and not repeating them, it’s also knowing when to hold your hands up and knowing when to cut your losses.
Don’t be a HiPPO
The danger of holding the mantle of Highest Paid Person’s Opinion in a workplace, is that you have the potential to overshadow a better decision with your authority.
A good leader encourages an environment where people can challenge decisions and counter with their own ideas, they will also keep their ears open to sage advice, regardless of where it comes from.
Know your team
A good boss will know their team as best as they can, knowing what inspires and motivates staff allows you to put in place the right incentives to drive your team in the right direction.
Develop individuals personally and show their valued.
As Richard Branson says, “train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to”
Richard Lester is the Business Development Manager for Sonovate, a financial tech provider for agencies placing contractors, that was set-up by recruiters for recruitment. It guarantees 100% weekly profit with the technology to eliminate the administration of running