When the members of your team approach you also in a bad situation about problems concerning you as a manager, your organization or their own personal life, you know you have done something right as a leader.
In too many work communities the employees dwell on grievances by themselves or possibly with their co-workers. As a result, small problems grow bigger than they are in the mind and poison the joy of work and in worst case the whole team.
A good leader gives 110 % of herself and always stands for her team. A good leader is like the foundation of a building on which the team can build their strengths and abilities on.
Empathy, which leads to the team member giving 100 % of himself again to his work is a much wiser choice in the long run than a blind dictation. However, a good superior also puts his team members to their place if they are unprofessional, inappropriate or plain lazy.
Consistent and trustworthy management style creates a safe work atmosphere and a good team spirit. A good team spirit is the only way to ever improving and coherent results.
Equally important both for an individual and the whole team is positive feedback, about big and small things as often as you can. This gives the employee a feeling of success and keeps her motivated, which in turn leads to continuous improvement in work results. A good leader also criticizes immediately in a constructive way, when it is necessary. Especially in this case, and in the case of putting people into place, firm gentleness is in place.
When you are tired, but happy after a hard day, you know you have done your best. Challenges and failures are always a stepping stone to improvement, and makes you try even more. The best thing to do is to stay humble and remember that a leader is nothing without her employees. A good manager equals a good team.