The good boss knows that either through words or actions, he is making a leadership promise to his team. What does your team believe your promise is?
A promise is a commitment to the team and shouldn’t be treated lightly. Your every word and action will be tested against that promise by your team, and how well you pass that test will determine the level of trust they have in you. The willingness they have to do the extra effort will be predicated on that level of trust.
What promises are you making? Here are some of the most common promises good bosses make:
- I promise to be ethical in all decisions.
- I will be honest.
- I will make time to get to know you, talk with you, and most importantly, listen to you.
- I will help you in your career growth.
- I will be available when you need me the most.
The most important aspect of the promise is unwavering delivery. Live into your promise and your team will respond to the level of trust they have in you. Think this also could be applied to your relationship with your boss, or your family? The success from fulfilling your promise doesn’t just happen with the employees who work for you.