Every workplace is bound to have someone who is not willing to pull their own weight. An upright leader must know how to work with the diverse nature of people—even the incompetent or unproductive ones.
In this article at Entrepreneur, Thuy Sindell & Milo Sindell explain that being a leader, you have to motivate underperformers, collaborate with them, and overcome difficult employees.
The Survival Hacks
Even though this may turn your job frustrating, but aggravatingly incompetency is inevitable. Being an ambitious and hardworking leader, bringing out the best from the incompetent staff is tough. However, if you follow these smart ways of dealing with the lazy lot, you may turn the situation in your favor. Let’s take a look:
- Clear & Explicit Communication: Lack of clear communication in a team may turn into a major hurdle. It is the leader’s responsibility to create an environment where everyone is on the same page. Never give an incompetent individual the benefit of making unacceptable excuses for not doing something due to lack of communication from your end.
- Document Everything: The incompetent coworkers are the trouble makers and they are efficient in turning a simple situation into a big ruckus. Moreover, instead of admitting their fault and finding a solution to deal with the situation, they increase your agony. To avoid the fallout of such confrontations, document everything.
- Stay Cool: Like any human being, even leaders have a breaking point where they cannot deal with incompetent individuals for long, and some explode. But being a leader, you must keep your patience intact and avoid crossing that line.
- Be Ready for the Tough Choices: As you deal with incompetent coworkers for a while, it is tempting to let them fall on their face. However, being a good leader, do not waste time and energy on pulling the incompetent individuals down. Instead, work on improvement of the other team members and make them ready to support you in tough situations.
Click on the following link to read the original article: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/283996