Leadership Tips to Get Genuine Cooperation from Others
Some people think leaders are born. To most others, leadership traits can be acquired. In many ways, people have assumed leadership roles as part of their daily activities, consciously and unconsciously.
However, if you exercise leadership on the course of your profession or occupation, you may find the following tips useful in terms of getting genuine cooperation that is non-offensive and with practically zero resistance. Not only will it get the work done, you will also get to build better and friendlier relationships with others. This allows you and your team members to stand on a common ground, working harmoniously for a common cause.
By nature, humans do not like to take orders. Nobody wants to follow a command. If ever an order is carried out, it is only out of duty, without the emotional willingness. An order carries with it an authoritative characteristic that makes some people react in mild resistance or defiance. There isn’t anything that can be done to change the concept of an order per se; although there are ways to carry it out without arousing resentment.
With the exception of institutions whose orders come in the form of direct commands since they are part of what they symbolize, orders can be carried out in the form of asking questions. By asking questions, you encourage others to participate in the decision-making process. This arouses interest on the part of the ones taking the order and can spell a whole lot of difference to make the order appealing.
If ever you find a fault in a subordinate, find something to praise him first. This will cushion the effects of the fault when you raise the issue. Somehow, it becomes easier to listen to bad news after having a dose of good news. Try your best to make the fault less faulty. Make the fault look like a normal occurrence - that it can happen to anybody else and even to yourself. Offer a possible solution to correct the fault, although try to make it seem like the solution originated from him.
Avoid negative comments on a person especially in front of others. Let the person save face. Even little issues could amplify into resentment. Normally, humans have the tendency to react negatively from bad experiences for a longer period compared to favorable ones. It will take determination to reverse this tendency. Subjecting a person to negative comments, no matter how you look at it and no matter how trivial it is, can result to defensive reaction, which is oftentimes unfavorable.
If an order did not conform to your instruction, listen first to the explanation of your subordinate before you say what you have to. He may have a valid reason. As much as possible, give credit to his explanation even though it doesn’t sound reasonable enough for you. Try your best to say what you have to, in a nice and non-invasive manner.