What you need to be a great role model

Do you ever feel frustrated with your team’s lack of motivation or poor attitudes? I know I have. Here’s the good news — you can fix it! You can fix it with your energy and attitude because you set the tone and basically role model the attitudes and culture (statements) for them! Or at least you should… because this is how we succeed in business. Let me share with you my tips for what you need to be a great role model for your employees.

If you don’t have culture statements, make them, but until you do, embody great energy, positivity, creativity, open-mindedness, enthusiasm, and inclusiveness.

Seriously though, get your leadership team on board and create those culture statements! The culture statements are one of the most powerful coaching tools you have as a leader!

I’m sure as a leader you’ve noticed the correlation between your energy, enthusiasm, and attitude, and those of your employees? If you haven’t, start looking for it, and it will become incredibly clear to you. YOU as the leader completely set the tone, the energy, enthusiasm, and the attitudes in your businesses. I know I don’t have to tell you that the more positive and creative your teams are, the more successful and profitable your businesses will be. So be more positive, enthusiastic, creative, and awesome! Then, watch the amazing trickle-down effects. (P.s. This is not a one-time thing. This is a forever and from-now-on thing!)

AND, more specifically, if you have a large company, you affect your leadership team(s), who affect their teams, and so forth! So you need to be especially aware, intentional, and emotionally intelligent with your leaders, and teach this to them as well.

Emotional intelligence is key as a leader. You need to be:

1. Self-aware.
2. Able to manage your own emotions no matter what’s happening.
3. Able to show up in the way you want your team to (i.e. role model your culture statements).
4. Able to understand and be empathetic towards others’ feelings on the team.
5. INTENTIONAL, in everything you say and do.

If you’re not aware of your own emotions, able to manage them, intentionally embodying the culture statements (or for now just positivity, creativity, and love,) understanding how others are feeling, and being empathetic and inspiring for them, you’re not demonstrating emotional intelligence. You’re not doing your best. You’re not influencing your team in the most positive and effective way. So you won’t be getting the best results in your business.

Basically, the emotional intelligence of the leader will create the emotional intelligence of the group. And emotional intelligence is absolutely key to inclusivity, growth, creativity, innovation, and all things that make your business (and your time spent in it) better!

Start taking a moment before you enter your business/office in the morning, start taking a breath before your next meeting with the team, start being aware and intentional with your attitude and energy, and I promise you will start to see a positive effect almost immediately.

If there are things in your life keeping you from being that amazing role-model, address them. I.e. What do you need to start or stop doing? How can you change your life to facilitate a healthier, happier business owner or leader showing up for your team every day? Do it. This is your year. Let’s go get it!

For more on effective leadership, read some of my other tips: “My Leadership Secrets.”

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Kelli-Rae Tamaki

Kelli-Rae is truly passionate about successful business, and believes it can always be better, which is why she has spent 20 years studying, running, coaching and consulting with businesses, just like yours.