Are you running a small business and have frustrations over your ‘lack’ of leadership skills and qualities? Don’t fret, because you’re not alone. Not everyone is a born leader, so it comes as no surprise that SME owners are often placed in situations where they come off as awkward, unprepared and poor leaders.
If you’re one such business owner, you’re not out of hope just yet. One of the key factors of being a leader is having the willingness to take risks, and as an entrepreneur, you’ve probably already taken some big ones already. So that much, you’ve already nailed down.
Here are 5 more tips to help you display genuine leadership to the people you work with.
Giving out orders is simple enough for anyone, but that’s not just what being a leader is all about. Good leadership starts with the ability to lead oneself, not just to set an example to the rest of the people in the organization, but to become an efficient component in the overall machinery of the business. You must be capable of motivating yourself first, before motivating those around you.
Stay away from hierarchy systems
Effective leaders show leadership by guiding employees instead of making them feel like peons. You are the leader yes, but making yourself look like the king, queen or the boss of everything is restrictive and creates resentment among your people.
Be willing to experiment
Just because you found a system-whether accidentally or on purpose-that works for you, doesn’t mean you should rely on it too much. There’s nothing wrong with sticking to your guns, but as a business owner, you need to be open to new management methods, strategies and approaches. Acknowledge your success, but always be prepared to do better.
See jobs through to the end
Far too many business owners and leaders talk about their supposed accomplishments without walking the talk. How many jobs have you started and seen through to the end? Getting started with tasks and not finishing them is not only a waste of time and money, it also causes your people and customers to lose confidence in your abilities.
Acknowledge good work
We all want the best from the people we work with, but too many business leaders fail to grasp the concept of showing genuine appreciation to their employees in order to bring out the best in them. Remember, if you make your employees know you’re happy with them, they in turn will be happy with you too.