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You’re a natural leader and nowhere is that more apparent than in your own business, where strong leadership isn’t just desirable it’s vital for the success of your business.
Your team is your best asset and you strive to have them work at their maximum capacity and give their all. But are you the kind of leader that rules with an iron fist and are you getting the very best out of your team? In this blog, we take a look at how to level up your management skills and see your business, and your team, go from strength to strength.
Be a Leader Not a Boss
You’ve probably had good or bad bosses yourself and you’ll recognise that the bosses you felt more inspired by and loyal too were those who led by example. In short, they didn’t stand over you with a metaphorical stick, but instead were able to tap into what made you tick and motivated and used that to get the best from you.
It’s time that you employed that self-same technique. Your primary role is to lead by example. Yes, that will involve working hard of course but it also means backing your team and accepting that yes, sometimes mistakes do happen and showing how to move on from them.
You may have employed your team for their hard skills but can you see any soft skills that would mean you could expand their roles in your business. If you have an admin assistant who displays exceptional strategic abilities how about testing them out with some project management?
Seeing your staff outside their job titles is the very best way to maximise their efficiency in your organisation.
By the same token it’s important to recognise what makes your staff motivated. Perhaps you have a team member who works in a messy, creative way to start with but pulls it all together towards the end of a project. Perhaps you have a team member who favours a very ordered, quiet and meticulous approach. You know that one size doesn’t fit all, so allow for those unique styles to flourish in your business.
Treat Staff As The Assets They Are
You know how hard it is to strike a work/life balance but when it comes to your staff, make sure that you allow for that to happen. Make sure that you encourage a consistent finishing time, encourage work from home days and flexible working schemes that allow them to manage their days more effectively.
Nurture them through training and great document and dq file management, to keep your qualified staff up to date.
Your staff are the hub that keeps your business ticking over. You want to get the best from them, so make the best out of your leadership style and be an inspirational leader. Creating a loyal team is the one goal you should be focussing on to boost your business so get to work and be the leader you know you can be.