By Jim Wong, CPA | February 1, 2017

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. —John Maxwell

There is no shortage of articles discussing the topic of leadership and the characteristics that go into the makeup of a great leader in the corporate landscape—especially as many work environments become more flexible and innovative. While the workplace continues to evolve, the best accounting, finance and information technology leaders and managers have begun to evolve by adjusting their leadership in order to keep up with the changing times.

In efforts to do so, leaders and managers need to look within their own breadth of knowledge and experience to embrace generational differences, the importance of corporate culture and the impact soft skills have on the workplace and labor markets with an open mind.

Further, in order to satisfy the needs of their teams, the best leaders have to know the appropriate steps to take to effectively lead their teams each and every day.

I recently read a Forbes article that discusses some of the things that the best leaders do every day. I wanted to share my own ideas on the topic as well.

Learn 4 Things the Best Leaders Do Every Day in the list below.

1. Openly recognize employees. 
Acknowledging your team members in an open forum is one of the quickest and simplest ways to immediately boost morale. It requires little effort, but has a big impact and allows all colleagues to know that leadership is paying attention to their efforts and hard work. Try recognizing your top performers, and others who have gone above and beyond, at an upcoming meeting and see the impact it has on the morale.

2. Keep everyone on the same page. 
The author of the article brings up a great point and says, “Employees who are unsure about their daily tasks rarely get the opportunity to go above and beyond. If their everyday tasks are unclear, how can they focus on improving them?” This can be fixed by keeping all team members on the same page and aware of what their role in the organization is open communication. Another beneficial point is to make sure employees know what their role is in the organization’s long-term goal. This allows each team member to feel engaged and valued in the organization.

3. Ask for feedback and use it. 
It’s certainly one thing to send out a survey. It’s another to not take any action on the feedback. The best leaders, however, know that stopping there is not enough. Implementing specific actions based on feedback is essential to the success of a leader, and subsequently, a strong team. While the feedback might not always be positive, it might spark a great idea that has potential for change.

4. Create a positive workplace culture. 
This is another important point that the best leaders make a point to do every day. They identify positive factors in a work environment and cultivate those factors to make the culture of their organization one where the employees can thrive. Examples of those beneficial work environment points include positive reinforcement, motivational talks and a culture of fun and inclusivity. The best leaders make sure they work to move this type of culture along each and every day to get the best results from their team.

Do you have other ideas of what the best leaders do every day? Comment below and let us know.

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