How to Be a Good Crew Leader

by Trisha Dawe - Updated September 26, 2017
Crew leaders, such as those in construction, often work alongside subordinates.

Crew leaders often guide a group of employees to complete specific tasks and work toward the common business goal, mission and vision. Crew leaders inspire, motivate and analyze various operations to ensure the most efficient job possible. Not only do leaders instruct their subordinates on proper and safe habits, but often work alongside them as an example of exemplary work. Crew leaders are role models in the business industry.

Set an example for employees by arriving to work prior to the shift start time. Begin work immediately, giving 100-percent effort, and follow through with work-related promises and goals.

Enforce safe and ethical work habits. Maintain an open-door policy and remain approachable to allow employees to discuss concerns and questions with you freely.

Inspire enthusiasm by displaying it yourself and keep an optimistic attitude about reaching business goals and following through on tasks. Communicate a positive business philosophy to employees and take pride in the work provided.

Promote a "team player" attitude instead of considering yourself the "boss" over employees. Encourage each person on the team to work to his fullest potential. Extend credit to those putting forth effective and productive ideas instead of reaping the benefits of someone else's innovations.

Continue to educate yourself. Stay up to date on business procedures, safety guidelines and new methods of achieving industry goals through training sessions, conferences and reading informational articles.

Evaluate employees and task completion fairly, yet accurately. Suggest both needs for improvement and recognize exceptional work.

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