Canadian Lawyer InHouse

April/May 2021

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www.canadianlawyermag.com/inhouse 35 If you're saying "great job" more often, your team will gain confidence and look to replicate those results over and over again. 6 Did you talk with team members about their goals or progress toward those goals? One of the most important things you can learn about your employees is what their professional goals are. While this might seem counter- intuitive, leaders who know this can look to ensure they provide opportunities and support to make these goals become a reality some day. Find time to explore and encourage people to document their professional goals, and then find ways to align the work they do on your team toward their achievement of those goals. 7 Did you laugh with your team? The most underrated, but arguably the most important, characteristic of being a great leader in today's work environment is being able to have fun at work. This can't be faked or manufactured, but it's a great question to ask yourself, as it might shed some light on the need to bring the laughter out of your team and foster a joyful environment. My hope is that these seven simple questions will have you evaluating the basics of leadership. If you don't like the answers you came up with, just remember that leadership is a journey and not a destination. Be better tomorrow! Find time to explore and encourage people to document their professional goals, and then find ways to align the work they do on your team toward their achievement of those goals John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a full-service organizational health company whose mission is to turn managers into leaders and create healthier places to work. He is a speaker, host of the Follow My Lead podcast, and author of F.M.L.: Standing Out & Being a Leader and the upcoming book The Welder Leader. For more, visit learnloft.com.

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