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Nov 17, 2019
In an age where there is so much information on different leadership styles, it’s hard to know where to begin when managing a team. Aidan Kearney gives four simple tips on how to lead your team more effectively. 

Have you noticed how much information there is on leadership?

An influx of publications, academics, podcasts, studies, surveys, TED talks and stories of leaders can make it hard to figure out what the right approach to leadership actually is. Here are four simple methods to help you get started on one of the most important aspects of leadership: how to lead your team more effectively.

Lead by example

Not only is this an effective method of leadership, but it will also earn you respect.

Don’t ask someone to do something that you as a leader are not prepared to do. Exhibit the behaviour that you ask and expect of others. Where possible, ‘roll up your sleeves’ and get into the work yourself. If you need to delegate, take time to explain and share your knowledge and experiences; be meticulous with details. Show up early for work and meetings. Stay committed to tasks and decisions.

Help your employees embody your firm’s values by demonstrating them daily in everything you do. Remember, whether it’s your work ethic, attitude or the way in which you interact and communicate with colleagues and clients – your employees take their cues from you. Be the blueprint for your organisation. Set an example of excellence and don’t let it falter.

Inclusiveness and empowerment

An inclusive, motivated, empowered and happy team generates a positive environment and boosts performance. You can foster this by inviting team members to meetings, sharing information, being open to feedback and asking for input.

Empower them by letting the team take more responsibility and accountability – a good team will relish the challenge and go the extra mile.

Recognition

Recognise and appreciate your team. Acknowledging their successes with a simple “well done” can go a long way. Say “thank you” more often. Check in with them to see where they’re at in terms of professional and personal progression. Are they open to new challenges? How can you help them?

Lead with integrity

Integrity means being honest and always committed to doing the right thing. You can't be an effective leader, a trusted colleague or adviser without integrity.

If you take all of the above into account – leading by example, involving and empowering your team, acting with integrity – you will find that this encourages and inspires others to do the same. This, in turn, leads to happier, motivated and effective teams, which is a hallmark of excellent leadership.

Aidan Kearney is a Partner and leads the Advisory and Audit/Accounting teams in Baker Tilly Ireland.