The way you act as a leader has a huge impact on the feelings and behaviours of your team.
The tone of voice, word choice, and body language that you choose to use when engaging with your employees is a reflection of your character, and if you don't keep your character in check, you risk losing the respect of others.
Here are 3 ways to keep on track when it comes to interacting with your employees in a way that makes them feel respected, not stupid:
1) Don't Be A Bulldozer. Pushing your point of view on others without being open to their thoughts and opinions will only hinder your role as a leader. It is important to keep an open mind – to welcome new ideas and to allow for your employees to share their thoughts as well.
2) Filter Your Feedback. Being a #leader is like being a teacher. It's not always about getting it right. Employees, like students, will make mistakes. Instead of pointing out their faults and weaknesses, try approaching them with open-ended questions that will guide them to the right answers. Find out where they're coming from and work through the problem-solving process with them.
3) Guide, Don't Pride. Approaching leadership with an inflated sense of self-worth and accomplishment will not garner positive results. Being a leader is more about guiding others towards success, than about taking pride in your own work. Don't tell your team how things should be done, guide them by creating a framework for self-discovery.
As a leader, you are likely an expert in your field, but having confidence in your knowledge doesn't mean that you have to make others feel inferior. It's important to remember that everyone has something to learn, and there is always room for improvement. In order to shine as a leader, it is important to make employees feel valued and respected. Be a person of character, and everyone will reap the benefits of your actions.