If you want to become a better interim manager, start by leading your team with integrity, by example, and by giving importance to their efforts.
Leaders are born, not made is a common misperception. While it is true that some possess innate leadership qualities, it is wrong to believe that nobody can be trained to become a leader.
Become an interim manager with integrity
The foundation of any leader is integrity because not many will willingly follow someone whose actions are unethical or unjust. Employees can easily get frustrated when they are not being treated fairly and will look for the quickest exit.
On the other hand, leaders that demonstrate integrity are quick to gain the trust of their team. Team members also reciprocate the trust creating an environment of loyalty, credence, and confidence. Such organizations are more likely to succeed.
Be an interim manager that leads by example
Actions speak louder than words. That especially applies when you’re a leader – somebody others look up to. Therefore, if you want to be an effective manager, only delegate tasks that you yourself are willing to do. Great leaders like Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi were the embodiment of leading by example.
If you’re leading a division or function you have no prior knowledge of, make an effort to learn about it. Start to build your confidence by completing 3 small activities every day. So when the time comes to step up, you’ll have the resilience and skills to perform well.
Be an interim manager that values people
Successful people make other people feel important – both in and outside the company. Because leadership isn’t about the leader, it’s about the followers.
The amount of people that willingly devote their time and resources to you is a testament of how great of a leader you are. In a business, although employees are paid to follow their boss, good leaders inspire them to work with devotion and loyalty in a way that money can’t buy.