Your subordinates look to you for leadership and your mood reflects on their morale: be it positive or negative. Success or failure in contingencies depend on how they are approached.
Set a clear direction
Unless you direct your team in the right direction seldom do they reach the right destination. Understand what and where you need to be and communicate them appropriately.
Create a work plan
Plan well and work optimally. While no plan should be set in stone and should be adapted as situations call for, it is universally understood that "one who fails to plan has ultimately planned to fail"
Secure sufficient resources
Just words and directives won't suffice but ensure you supply your team with the necessary resources to achieve their tasks be it time, money, tools or training.
Hear more than you say
Listen more and lecture less
Do not hold meetings without agendas
If you do not have clear cut agendas for meetings, do not hold one. Plan and communicate meeting agendas nefore setting up meetings and stick to them religiously. Meetings held just for the sake of holding meetings lose their credibility and with it the leader's
Do not criticize in public
Follow this religiously and avoid resentment
Praise in public
Follow this religiously and improve the morale to perform better
Do not ask a subordinate to do something that you wouldn't do yourself
Be it big or small, think before you delegate. Would you do it yourself if you could or are you just trying to pass the buck
Do not micromanage
Delegate authority to your subordinates according to their job profile and encourage them to accept ownership of their decisions. If you insist upon making every final decision, the progress of the organization will grind to a halt: even worse, making you the bottleneck. If you cannot delegate you have no business calling yourself a leader.
Give your team the credit
Make sure you give credit to your team when you succeed and try not to pass the buck to them when things do not go as planned. This in itself is a great trait of a true leader
People get their MBA's graduating from Business schools after learning lots and lots of stuff about business, strategy, best practices and tools to aid business management. Even then, business schools seldom address simple stuff which they consider too simple to be addressed at their level. Yet these "too simple to be taught" things hold great importance for real world success. A few of those are addressed below. If you are a manager consider practicing the following religiously for greater reputation and success.
Jargon - Avoid them like the plague
Most people misuse it without actually understanding what they stand for and giving rise to unwanted mistakes and misunderstandings. Force yourself to spell out what you mean in simple plain language. It will help your thinking and communication.
Organizational Design - The Why before redefining the What
Figure out what is causing the problem, and then think about how to avoid the problem. A lot of problem solvers identify bad decisions, and then suggest reversing it, neglecting to address the issue of why that particular bad decision was made, and how to make sure the same mistakes wouldn’t be made in the future.
Don't define problems as your perceive - Learn more with different perspectives
Never ever jump to a solution without understanding the whole picture through different perspectives and deciding on a solution before considering atleast one another closely contested solution to the problem. Also consider the fact that the problem may not actually be what you initially perceive it to be unless you see it from another perspective.
Trade off - Analyze costs to benefits for all possible solutions
Every solution has costs as well as benefits. If you list only the benefits, it makes your analysis seem like an ex post rationalization of a foregone decision, rather than a careful weighing of the benefits and costs. If you spent some time thinking through the tradeoffs, show it. If not, then you should. It is not the solution but your rationale in deciding on one that matters in the long time or if something goes wrong
Language - Always keep it simple stupid
Write simple declarative sentences that clarify rather than obfuscate. Form is not a substitute for content. We are running businesses where communications need to be crystal clear and not writing poems for people to analyze and discuss for is being communicated.