If you are the direct supervisor of anyone, you are a leader.
Leadership goes far beyond management. Management of when things need to be done by who, is not being a leader there is more to it than that.
Buckingham and Coffman, backed by the research power of Gallop, say that one of the most important questions each person you lead needs answer a strong yes to is: Does my supervisor seem to care about me as a person?
Linton Sellen says a leader is concerned with the performance and well-being of their team members.
A common problem I see in leaders is seemingly not caring enough for the well-being of the people they lead. It is not being soft to know the personal story of each member of your team and taking care to try and match their personal aspirations with the needs of their job. It is being a good leader. It is also one heck of a good feeling to make a difference in the life of someone in addition to getting the job done well for your organization.
Go ahead, ask how things are going outside of work and listen intently for ways you can help. All great leaders do it.
IBEX Payroll extends our profound respect and immeasurable gratitude to all the ancestors and keepers of the land on whose traditional territories our work takes place. We acknowledge that we are on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene people and the traditional homeland of the Métis people. This land is sacred, historical, and significant.
Every time we acknowledge this truth, we have an invitation and an opportunity to reflect on the wrongs of the past, what we do in the present, and what we can do to continually honour the people whose lands and water we benefit from today.
This statement only acts as a first step in honouring the land we reside on and its peoples, and must be paired with education, understanding and informed action.