By Jim Wong, CPA | May 3, 2017

There are many factors that go into defining a person as a strong leader. Whether it’s their particular management style, how they occupy their time outside the office or the amount of trust they have for their teams, the strength of a leader can be measured in a variety of ways.

Not all aspects of a strong leader need to be huge in scale either. Some of the most important steps strong leaders take have to do with the small things they do each day when working with their teams—starting with what they say to them.

I recently came across an article that discusses what strong leaders say to their team members on a regular basis. It’s similar to a topic I’ve written about before, 4 Things the Best Leaders Do Every Day, but this one goes a little bit further and talks about important things to say to their teams. I wanted to share some of my own thoughts as well.

Learn more in the 7 Things Strong Leaders Should Tell Their Teams Every Day below.

1. I trust you. 
This simple phrase lets colleagues know their manager believes in the work they are doing and believes in their success. When teammates know that they are trusted by management, they are more likely to perform better and be happier.

2. I’m proud of you. 
Much like telling employees that you trust them, letting employees know that you are proud of them is a powerful way to show your appreciation. When a colleague does something special, it’s always a good idea to show your appreciation for their hard work.

3. Thank you. 
This is a no-brainer—but it’s an important reminder. Sometimes managers can get caught up in the quickness of the business that we forget to say thank you when we mean it. While thanking someone doesn’t have to be a big gesture, it’s a good idea for managers to thank their teammates frequently.

4. I’ll make time for you. 
Leaders who make themselves available to their teams for meetings, discussion or just general questions are able to make their teams feel valued and important. While everyone has a busy schedule, setting aside the time to be close to your teams is a hallmark of a strong and caring leader.

5. How can I help you? 
Sometimes it’s difficult to ask for help, but adept leaders can often pick up when someone is overwhelmed. Strong leaders who ask their teammates how they can assist them in being productive are able to maintain good relationships because they show that they care.

6. I’m sorry. 
This phrase is one that should be in everyone’s vocabulary, whether they are a leader or not. Admitting mistakes is one of the most vital ways to maintain a strong relationship with anyone, especially in a workplace setting.

7. Don’t Worry About It. 
The writer of this article says, “From time to time, reassure your employees that you’ve got it all together—your company will be sure to thrive.” This is simple but true. Letting your team know that it’s not necessary to constantly worry about things that are out of their control is beneficial for all involved.

These are only a few of the things that strong leaders tell their teammates every day. Do you know other suggestions? Comment below and let us know!

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