Managing a crew on set can be a difficult task. Being in charge of others can be intimidating whether it’s a small or large group of people. Whether you’re new to the job or you’ve been doing this a long time, it’s always good to get some tips on what to keep in mind when managing others. We’ve outlined five helpful guidelines for those of you in leadership roles:
1) Be polite
No one likes a grouch. You are more likely to get people to listen and obey if you are polite. People respond well to positive reinforcement rather than being yelled at. You will earn their respect if you respect them. This means you must be polite and kind.
2) Be resourceful
It is important that you are able to think on your feet. As a leader, people will look to you to solve problems. This means you need to be able to make use of what you have once problems arise on set. It is your job to keep people calm and be creative to resolve issues.
3) Be organized
The organization is crucial. No one likes when things are chaotic. Show up to set with a plan. Be sure to know what needs to get done and who needs to do it before you even get there. People need to be given direction and it is your responsibility to make sure they know what they can do to help. Being organized will help you get the job done not only well but also efficiently.
4) Lead by example
Your crew is looking to you as the point person. This means they will follow your lead based on how you act. It is important that you not only tell them what to do but show them. You serve as an example as to how the rest of the crew should behave while on set. You must be professional, kind, and efficient. Your crew will follow your lead.
Most importantly, you must communicate. Your crew cannot read your mind so you must tell them with you are thinking. Be clear and transparent with your thoughts. Authenticity is key when it comes to communication. If you are honest, your crew is more likely to respect and follow you. Make sure you answer any questions your crew might have. Be sure to ask if there are any questions after giving instructions before moving forward.
If you keep these five tips in mind, you will be a great leader and you are sure to have a great experience on set!