Create The Kind of Place Where People Would Love to Work
Employees do not leave companies to work for other companies. People leave people to work with other people. Why? Because they believe they will be better off. As a leader, your job is to create an environment that attracts and keeps good people. A leader’s job is to ensure their team members feel as if they would be better off with you than anywhere else. The best leaders are humble and leaves their ego at the door. They put their people first. Most long-term employee problems are usually the results of poor leadership. Sure, you get a bad apple from time to time, but if it keeps happening over and over, look in a mirror, the problem may be looking back at you. Effective leaders develop their team members into leaders and as a result, these team leaders grow the company.
Train Employees to Become Leaders
While attempting to motivate your team may seem like the best route to increase productivity, it is not as effective as being an inspiration. Interestingly enough, to inspire also means to inhale. Just as how we would inhale whatever is in the atmosphere, likewise, employees will be inspired by the atmosphere you have created in your company. What are your employees breathing in? Criticism, negativity, fear, and frustration? Or positivity, constructive feedback, and opportunity? In order for you to be an effective leader, the most important factor is for you to be an inspiration. Encourage your team members to take ownership, be accountable and think their way through problems. When problems arise, instead of criticizing or jumping in, ask your team to tell you their assessment of what went wrong and what to do about it. No matter how much you want to help, RESIST the temptation to step in.
With the many pressures coming from leading a complex organization, the development of team leaders is critical for the growth of your company. Being a leader can be a daunting task if you do not have reliable people around you. Instead of constant supervision, make it a priority to constantly inspire your team to do great things. Constant supervision creates a negative atmosphere where there is a lack of trust and increased discomfort. When a leader inspires their team to do great things, their team does great things. Effective leaders develop followers into leaders. Like diamonds, they are a precious resource that you may have to polish before you can see the full potential value. Developing yourself as an effective leader is the best way to develop your people.
3 Ways Clean Leaders Can Mold Strong Leaders
A janitorial service provider that is missing competent leaders will provide subpar service and leave clients unhappy. Developing great leaders will create a positive work environment and influence your custodial teams to find creative ways to grow professionally and be accountable to your clients. Here are three ways professional cleaning business owners can develop great leaders:
Create an Environment for Learning
- If you want to develop great new leaders, give your cleaning team an opportunity to train and develop new skills. Great leaders are developed and that is why training is very important. Investing in certification and training is worthwhile, but educational opportunities can also come through regular communication and feedback. Holding regular meetings to talk with your team about ways they can improve will provide opportunities for growth and development.
Develop a Humble Team Culture
- Developing strong leadership down the line starts with appointing a humble team of supervisors. Good supervisors do not need to be the center of attention. They enthusiastically give credit to every member of the team. A good leader at the top of operations understands that they may be the head of their company, but they cannot work without their “arms and legs.”
Challenge Your Team to Improve
- Great leaders know how to delegate and as the owner of a cleaning company, you should take every opportunity to challenge your team to step into leadership roles. Put potential leaders in a position to try new responsibilities and confront challenging situations, for example, by leading a team or meeting for the first time.
Clean Leadership in Uncertain Times
Maintaining a visually clean facility is not enough in the face of a global crisis. The current public health crisis is evolving continuously, and facility mangers are feeling the burden of ensuring their facility is safe and healthy. However, WOW! Building Maintenance Solutions is committed to providing reliable infection prevention solutions to clients. We are continuously innovating our cleaning solutions and educating our team members, even during the midst of this pandemic. To effectively navigate through this uncertain period, we empower our staff and let them know that we are here to help and look out for each other. Our team is committed to serving our clients with Teamwork, Transparency, and Integrity.