An entrepreneur needs leadership skills to lead his team. We’ll tell you how to develop them.
The opinions of the employees of You are personal.
There aren’t many innate leaders. Most leaders need to take responsibility for training themselves to be more effective and motivate their followers. Whether you are learning from the wisdom of others or trying to improve your own skills, becoming a good guide is about what you do, not what you know.
We share five things you can do to train yourself to be a great leader:
1. Keep your promises
Never promise that you are not sure you can keep it. Nothing can destroy your credibility faster than breaking a promise or failing to meet an expectation. Sometimes keeping promises can be a real challenge, so this commitment will help you develop discipline and integrity in the long run. Practice with your family, friends, and co-workers first.
2. Dress to influence
Don’t dress to impress, dress to influence. This means that you need to make sure that your appearance is in line with your personal and professional brand, as well as the image you are trying to deliver. First, ask yourself how a leader with the same aspirations will show up and act in front of others. Don’t limit the appearance to just you, apply it to your business and workspace as well.
3. Treat your team like your customers
Not only is it inappropriate to ask your team to be polite and kind to customers while you are rude to them, but it is also hypocritical. Being the leader doesn’t give you a free pass to act on your instincts. The way you interact with people serves as a reference for your entire team.
Robert Greenleaf coined the term “Servant guidance” in the 1960s. It’s not about being submissive, it’s about finding ways to support your employees in order to help them succeed. Regularly ask, “What can I do to help you?”
4. Show your commitment to personal growth
There are only two ways to grow your business: Grow yourself and your team. As you and your team improve personally, so will service levels, operational efficiency, and everything in between.
Suncoast Coffee Service and Vending is a small Florida company with 20 employees. The founders pay employees $ 50 to read books that can help them improve their personal and professional lives. With this program, employees receive a book and a reading date and discuss it at the end of the month.
5. Ask for feedback
Some executives respond to unwanted feedback as criticism, becoming defensive and losing the opportunity to learn. However, waiting for staff to be brave enough to give you feedback is also a risky game. Don’t ask your employees what they like and dislike about you. You can get better information by asking, “What do you think could help me be a better and more effective guide?”
Listen up. When someone tells you that you would be more effective if you communicated more clearly, ask for an example if you haven’t so you can understand why they are saying it.