The best ways to become a supportive leader

The best ways to become a supportive leader

Bill Gates once said, “As we look into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others” and he couldn’t have been more right. The more we learn about successful business the more we learn that leaders who encourage, support, and build others up are the ones reaching the highest points of success.

Before we look into the best ways to becoming a supportive leader let’s discuss what a supportive leadership is! When thinking of a supportive leader we think of someone who can help when faced with challenges, guide, encourage and ultimately help employees rise to the next level which is all true. Being a supportive leader means you take on a supporting role opposed to a dictating and delegating role. You continue to support until the employees can work autonomously, this is done through continued mentorship which is not to be confused with micromanaging. The style of leadership has proven results of success.

Here are some ways to ensure you are providing supportive leadership:

Take on a team mentality. Try to stay clear of the “every man for himself” mentality. A supportive leader and a supportive team lead to collaboration and innovation. This will also build trust and a core foundation.

Establish relationships. One way to do this is to keep open lines of communication so that employees feel comfortable coming to you with problems and ideas. By establishing relationships, you can also learn their strengths and weakness which will allow you to better lead them and your team to success.

Check in. To maintain this support be sure to check-in regularly. This keeps the line of communication open and constant. This also lets the employee know you care about what is happening and reminds them you are there when needed.

Take action. Get it and help your team when needed. If someone is struggling with a problem, take the time to help devise a solution and even execute alongside if needed. Not only will this give you a better understanding of the challenges faced by your team, but it continues to build the trust, respect and relationship you have with that employee.

Next time you are placed in a leadership position we encourage to test being a supportive leader we think you will be pleased with the results.