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Leadership Skills – Winning over your Team Members

Effective Leadership is essential at any level of Management in Business. From the newly appointed Supervisor to the Senior Company Director, the core role of a Leader is surprisingly very similar. The Leader is responsible for Leading the Followers, their Team, and taking them to a predetermined destination. HOW the Leader gets the Team there, how they achieve their own and their Team’s objectives, is the complex bit involving the effective use of lots of Leadership skills, processes, motivators and tools. The beginning is very simple, win over your Team Members.

Where many Leaders become very ineffective, and fail, is in not understanding this very first step. If I have not won over my Team Members individually, and my Team as a group, then all the later steps will not work effectively. The first set of Leadership Skills involve winning over your Team Members, persuading people to work with you and later persuading them to go in the direction the you need them to go.

Who do People Follow?

At a very basic level, people follow people they know. If I don’t know you, I can’t trust you or respect you. Take time to BOND with each of your Team members, and build a habit of doing this with each of your Team members on an ongoing basis, not just new recruits.

Bonding is where we get to know each other. We spend a short time socialising, talking about non-work topics. It might only be 10-15minutes each week, but this is our one-to-one ‘personal time’ and it is time well spent. Here the Leader gives this Team Member their undivided attention, listening, showing interest and gaining a good understanding of how this person ticks. We are not ‘buddies’, the relationship is still Leader / Team Member. Also be careful to bond with all Team members equally, to avoid favouritism or isolating someone.

People Follow Someone they Respect

People also follow people who they can respect, and who respects them. The next step for the Leader is to spend time with each Team Member discussing their work and their performance. This is one-to-one time, but now we are talking about work rather than non-work. The Leader listens to the Team Member as he or she talks about their goals, performance, strengths, and achievements.

The Leader is showing an interest and demonstrating respect for the Team Member, praising achievements and suggesting possible next steps. The Leader is also positioning themselves in these one-to-one performance discussions as the Leader, worthy of respect. These sessions will later become coaching and mentoring sessions. But at first they are establishing the Leader, Team Member relationship.

Why do People Follow?

People follow the Leader firstly, if she is worth respecting, and secondly, if she is going somewhere I would want to go. The Follower will want to know where exactly you want me to go. what is the goal? They will also want to know why – what is in it for me if I go there? I will follow if I think this is worth doing and it is feasible, the goal and strategy to get there is doable.

This is what the Leader must satisfy in order to persuade the Team and each Team member to work with them. The best Leaders are skilled at painting that forward vision of where we are going – painting it as an attractive picture that is worth working for. To do this they must pitch the goal appropriately for this person or the Team at this point in time, using terms that would be attractive for this person.

They also persuade the Team Members WHY they should work towards this goal. What are the benefits of this goal – why it is good for the Company, good for the Customer, the Team and me, the Team member?

An important Leadership skill is the ability to deliver a motivational, goal setting talk to a Team Member or the whole Team. Both the goal and the talk is always planned and prepared carefully. The Leader’s time spent bonding with Team Members and building mutual trust and respect will be really useful here. The Leader’s personal knowledge of individuals will help ensure that the goal is appropriate, and the talk can be pitched perfectly. Equally, the personal knowledge will help the Leader AVOID saying something that would alienate or disrespect any Team Members. The benefits of the goal can be expressed using examples and language style that will appeal to this individual or the Team.

Winning over the Team and persuading them that the goal is worth following are the starting points in effective Leadership.

What A Chartered Accountant Can Do For You

The function of a chartered accountant can be intricate to understand, the majority just associates them with tax returns. This however, is far from all a chartered account is and if that is the only thing you are asking your regular accountant to do, then you are missing out on a valuable source of information advice and knowledge. You can use an accountant for more things than just your tax return, if you are not; you are missing out on a valuable and informative resource. Chartered and tax accountants are proficient in a multitude of services, they can help you with as well as financial to personal matters and should be considered as a useful source of advice and assistance.

You should inform your accountant anything that goes in your family. Up to a point of course! Everyone wants to keep the amount of tax they pay to the government down. With this information they can then plan, valuate the suitable strategies when it comes down your tax issues and investment plans.

One of the main tasks you expect from an accountant is that they can help reducing the amount of tax you need to pay. If you provide them with all necessary details they can put this information to good use and plan how you can save money in the long-term. A good accountant will come up with good strategies that will make it possible for you to save money for future events, such as college funds and marriages.

Chartered accountants operate in all sectors of business and finance, including public practice work, government, and the private sector. In Australia they are gathered under the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and go under designated letters CA. Some senior members of the Institute may be nominated Fellows and may then be recognized under the letters FCA.

So to the question, what does a chartered accountant exactly do?

They can certainly help you out when it comes to preparing income tax returns, and that goes for both personal or for business areas. Business tax returns can be arranged for companies, superannuation funds, partnerships or trusts, capital gains tax and rental properties. They can provide services to help legally lessen defer and plan tax payments. Other areas you can expect an accountant to be of valuable help are Business tax, business acquisitions, sale of shares or property or disposals and appropriate tax structure.

Australian chartered accountants based in Sydney or other areas will have experience of the Australian Tax Office (ATO), and can give you information and on Business Activity Statements and Goods & Services Tax.

Whether it is for personal use or for a business, financial planning is a crucial tool you should embrace to secure the future, for any planned or unforeseen events. A financial planning service should include superannuation products for maximising retirement benefits and meeting superannuation guarantee obligations, investments for building wealth including property, shares, fixed interest and managed funds as well as various insurances for protection from economic loss in the event of disablement, accident, illness or death,.

Superannuation can be managed to save and invest money whilst you are working to use in your retirement. For many Australians, this is the second largest asset after the family home. Chartered accountants can inform and advice you on Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF) and other available choices.

If you have already have a business or are registering a new one and need help then see a chartered accountant who can help with this and the accounting. They will be able to offer valuable advice on increasing profits by the application of useful financial plans and systems. A chartered accountant can help you in many areas; business valuations, payroll services, accounting services, strategic planning and salary packaging, financial statement preparation and computer accounting software are just some of the areas they operate in.

A modern and resourceful accountancy agent will be eBusiness ready, meaning a lot of the communication will be via email and income tax returns can be arranged from computerised accounting files, such as Quickbooks and MYOB. The agency you choose should be informative and experts in their field of work, they must be able to answer any questions concerning your personal or business account.

You can find chartered accounting firms on the internet. Regardless if you are an individual, operates a small business or a large corporation, they will be able to help in locating solutions to reach your financial goals.