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6 Tips To Make People Feel Comfortable Being Led By You

6 Tips To Make People Feel Comfortable Being Led By You

As a successful leader you not only need motivation for yourself, but for the people around you to take you towards that success. Mostly people face challenges to lead those who work with them appropriately because of not accepting the true importance of a leader. You do not just act as a leader in your professional life, but you have to manage and make people feel comfortable enough to let you lead them.

1. Lead by example

Leaders don’t believe in giving orders, but they exercise what they expound and lead by example. At workplace leaders become the role model for other co-workers and their subordinates feel comfortable with them and would love to follow. Good leaders make their subordinates feel that they’re heart of the company, not at the boundary. By doing this, every individual led by you feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the company and gives their work meaning.

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2. Build trust

Most effective leaders lead by example, importune ideas from their team members, listen carefully before acting, and most importantly, trust their team. Trust is essential to build an effective team, because it gives a sense of safety. When your team members feel safe with you, they feel comfortable to open up, and uncover their skills. Creating trust among team members leads you towards innovation, teamwork, creativity, and productivity.

3. Think ahead

Leaders think about the future, and have the answers and a plan of action ready for any challenging situation. They are constantly thinking ahead for the company and their team members for improvement, and finding ways to make work processes smooth for them. Thinking ahead and planning your goals, actions, and timelines, will give you the kind of team you want to build. To make your employees comfortable under your leadership, you should encourage your employees to participate and share their views and knowledge. By involving your employees and volunteers you can make a big difference to become a loved leader.

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4. Yield information

You need to encourage your team members to think strategically until it becomes part of their job. That allows you to provide your employees the most convenient, enjoyable working environment. In order to stay competitive and ahead, you should seek and learn information from your inner circle, on your company’s strengths and weaknesses, industry analysis, customers, competitors, and developing technologies. One of the key requirements of effective leadership is having appropriate and extensive business information that helps leaders elevate their thinking and gives a sense of contribution to employees in achieving success.

5. Trust your gut

Great leaders use to make many of their crucial decisions based upon good information gathered from their team members and their gut. In reality, great leaders that changed businesses, their intuition and courage is what lead innovation. We would not have seen the innovations today, if those leaders had made their decisions based only on the facts, probabilities.

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If you have strong, well-trained employees and you provide them the flexibility to put their efforts to make things happen. You should consider and trust your inner feelings.

6. Start Mentoring

Recognize that your personal involvement is critical for employees to make them familiar with the workplace culture and feel comfortable striking out on his or her own. Include the people led by you in your long term planning and continue supporting, because their comfort level with the environment will have direct posture on your employee’s satisfaction.

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A good leader teaches their employees, associates and others team members to deliberately align themselves. Once an individual is working toward their own goals and success, they will ultimately attempt to grow and achieve their goals, thus displaying being led by a quality leader.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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