1. Be consistent when disciplining

As leader being consistent is one of the most valuable qualities you should have. Discipline plays an important role when managing employees or a team because they need to trust and respect you when you impose rules. It’s not about being strict but rather displaying your position of power in a way that your decisions are well respected.

2.  Embrace every member of the team

No matter what team or company you’re a part of, success isn’t achieved on your own. For professional sportsman it takes the cleaners, the trainers, the cooks the coaches, the waterboys the doctors to get a team ready to be in peak performance. So it is important that when the team does achieve success, that recognition and appreciation is given to every member who was involved in getting the team there.

3. Firing is hard – ensure it’s done correctly

It is not an easy job, but sometimes it has to be done. It’s important the manager is ‘honest’ – there is no better way than being completely honest with the person. There is no point going round in circles and not getting to the point or trying to soften the blow by going to lunch. The message is still the message, and the deed should be done correctly, and people will respect you for that.

4. Have the future always in your mind – think long term

In business, the ability to build a strong foundation and gradually build your business (or team) up from that, can often be seen as a luxury. The pressure to make money or win can often make skipping those steps tempting or even unavoidable; therefore the process of setting sound grounding can often be neglected. “Top management of Manchester United sheltered Ferguson from that pressure. This freedom from the tyranny of immediate results enabled Sir Alex to continually work on the composition of the club several years into the future, without worrying whether he would still be there if United had a bad losing streak” (Snyder, 2015)

5. Body language

People give themselves away through their body language, “someone with their back straight and leaning forward a little is showing that they are eager to start” (Synder, 2015). In another scenario, someone in a job interview – one can often get a good sense about someone by the type of questions they ask, it can indicate their experience, maturity and intelligence.


Snyder, B. (2015). Five Lessons in Leadership from Manchester United’s Former Manager. [online] Stanford Graduate School of Business. Available at: https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/five-lessons-leadership-manchester-uniteds-former-manager [Accessed 1 Jun. 2017].