There are key elements to the leadership in every workplace that directs each team as well as it’s success. Strong leadership skills build and maintain a positive workplace, and often create a sense of approachability in the relationship between a leader and employees. Leadership is more than standing in front of a team, and needs room for employees to feel a level of comfort in approaching their leaders with ideas, concerns and other work related matters. Leadership is more than being a boss. Here’s how you can become an approachable leader.

Manage Your Emotions

Stress levels and tension rise all to easy in the workplace. This quick action can cause unnecessary conflict, and often makes employees feel uncomfortable. A major sign of a weak leader is the inability to manage one’s emotions. One of the most important rules in leadership is to keep your emotions under control. Leaders should be careful to not show their emotions on their sleeve. However, in terms of approachability, any member on the team will avoid an easily frustrated leader.

If you want to be approachable, learn to control your emotions while you’re at work and leave your non-work related issues at home. Although this takes strength, it will make employees more willing to come to you with their questions, needs and other work-related matters.

Build Trust

As you build trust in the workplace, you’ll notice your employees are more motivated and confident in their ability to do their jobs. Establish trust by encouraging other employees. The phrase “actions speak louder than words” is vital here, and it’s important that you follow through with what you say to your employees and team. Don’t make promises if you can’t keep them. If you come across failure, admit it instead of hiding it. Transparency is key to getting employees to trust you and believe in you as their leader.

Always Say Thank You

Notice the hard work and effort employees do on a daily basis. Expressing gratitude will not only boost the mood of your team but it will also elevate your mood. For a happier workplace, make sure you notice the little things as well as the big things your employees are doing. Always thank your employees for their hard work and point out a job well done. When you build a sense of confidence, your team will feel more motivated and that will reflect upon your approachability.

Remove the Pedestal

There are often mounds of pressure on anyone in a high position, especially in leadership. It’s all too easy for the ego of leaders to swell, often diminishing the respect employees may have or had for their leader. Approachable leaders know when to step down and place themselves on the same level as their employees. This builds respect and trust between leaders and employees on a team.

If you’re looking to be a more approachable leader, know when you need to step up and when you need to lower yourself. Approachable leaders encourage their employees to openly come to them to talk, encourage employees by noticing their hard work and most importantly keep the success of not only the company but also the employees in priority.

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