Great companies, and great teams, are built by great leaders. That’s why Google spent considerable time identifying the key behaviors of its best team managers.
But what if you don’t have any leadership training? Or — more crucially, since everything I learned about leadership I learned the hard way — any leadership experience?
While it takes time to gain skill and experience, there are a few things you can start doing right away.
Be present, but not just in the way you think.
Being “present,” giving people your full attention, is obviously important. But so is simple presence.
A study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology found that physical presence matters. You don’t have to talk a lot. You don’t have to interact a lot. You just have to be there.
As the researchers write, “Mere exposure had weak effects on familiarity, but strong effects on attraction and similarity.” Which is a fancy way of saying the more often we see you, the more we will like and…
This article was written by Jeff Haden and originally published on www.inc.com