Let’s face it, there’s a huge difference between someone who’s just a boss, and someone who’s a true leader. It’s hard to run a business, but it’s even harder to lead a strong team. Nonetheless, it can be done… and it’s one of the most impactful factors of creating a business built for long term success.
Here are 5 things successful managers do without even thinking to help them be the best leaders they can be:
Lead, don’t push.
“Do as I say, not as I do,” isn’t always the best case scenario when trying to teach your team how to be successful. Inspiring your team to do their best becomes much easier when positive direction comes from a likable and trustworthy source.
Note the positives, not just improvements.
It’s easy to want the best from your team at all times, but the truth is we’re all human. We all need a pat on the back sometimes, and need to be recognized for all the hard work we do. People aren’t robots, and they deserve and need to be told when they’re doing well. It’s not only helpful feedback, it also relieves stress and improves confidence and overall performance. You don’t want to be that boss that makes people shutter when you walk through the door.
Understand that no one person is more important than the rest.
What’s the sense in having a Lamborghini with a flat tire? Why have a yacht without a rudder? Basically… what good is pizza without the cheese?! The point is, your business needs a team that works together, and understands their individual value in the midst of all the other moving pieces. Employees that feel easily dispensable lack morale, and are much less likely to trust you as a leader.
Be a decisive decision maker.
Keeping cool, calm and collected aids in your advantage when handling big decision making. A successful leader understands that decision making may be a difficult commitment, but you’ll need that confidence to be a successful leader. Your team depends on you to be able to weigh all positives and negatives of any situation, and rely on your best judgment to make choices that better you, your team, and your business as a whole.
Clearly communicate your expectations.
Communication is key, always. Good leaders need to know how to successfully communicate with their team. Your employees are not mind readers — they need to know what you’re looking for in order to create a result that benefits everyone. An insightful outline of direction removes any confusion for your team, and gives them a clear path towards success!