1) Roll up your sleeves. Nothing inspires confidence and conviction among your team members more than seeing a leader play a role in even the little things. In the early days of a startup, that could be bringing packages to the post office, cleaning the kitchen, or answering the phone. But it shouldn’t stop even after you’ve grown.
2) Be transparent about your mistakes. Making mistakes comes with the job. Any job. Team members need to see leadership own up to mistakes so they can feel comfortable enough when they make their own to fix them and learn from them.
3) Listen to your team. Even the best leaders don’t know everything. And none of them see everything. Your team members are your eyes and ears. And when they know that you hear them, and that you will act on what you hear, they’re more engaged and more committed to the team’s mission.