Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you may have heard of Leicester City
this week. Mainly because they won the English Premier League.
Why is this a big deal. Someone has to win it right?
Historically in the Premier League, there are generally 2 – 3 favourites who are tipped to win it.
Whether it be Man City, Chelsea or my own team Man Utd.
The reason Leicester City is such a big deal is because these guys were only promoted to the EPL in the 2013/2014 season. In their first season (2014/2015) they where in a relegation dog fight and miraculously stayed in the top flight. Winning 7 of their final 9 games and were rock bottom before this. They were 5000/1 to win the league this year. Kim Kardashian is currently 2000/1 to be the US president by 2020.
So what can we take from this.
This was a team built on confidence and togetherness. No egos or one man shows. These guys worked as a team. Lifted each other up when times were difficult. Most of the players were surplus to requirements at the bigger teams but they had a manager to bring them together and fill them with new ideas and listened to their concerns.
So, how can you be an effective Manager?
1. Set a good Example:
Managers that lead from the front, tend to get more out of their employees. You should strive to be your own ideal of the perfect worker and especially in front of your team.
2. Setting realistic targets:
When your team don’t have clear targets and expectations, they muddle through their day. They can’t be productive if they have no idea what they’re working for, or what their work means. So fix measurable goals and regularly monitor the progress towards their accomplishment.
The effect on how much a congratulations or a well done has on a team member is priceless. If a team member doesn’t feel valued they won`t feel the love of the company. Treat them how you would like to be treated
4. Encourage Ideas:
A team member that feels involved towards growing the company, feels a part of the company. Encourage new ideas and never chastise a team member for something you don`t agree with.
5. Be Patient:
As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Get to know your teams strengths and weaknesses and build on them. Communication is key. A good manager will know exactly what improvements your team needs. This will only be achieved by being realistic on how quickly your team gets to where you need them to be.
Now, time to put a little bet on Kim Kardashian for President!
GM @ The People Group