It's important to be president, but something else is to be a great president. When you run a business, it is useful to pursue the latter. The more effective your leader is, the more your team will be motivated and your employees will be better off. So, with that in mind, here are some ways to escalate the game with the start of the new year.
1. Learn to listen
As the person in charge, you probably used to give orders and call shots. But how often do you take the time to hear what staff are thinking about current processes and policies? By becoming a better listener, you will get real statistics on what makes employees choose and what tools and support they need to excel.
2. Get comfortable rest
When you run a business, it's hard to trust others to do the work you used to do, especially when decisions they make affect the end result. At the same time, you can not clearly do everything, and if you press yourself excessively, you risk being criticized in a very bad way. Therefore, you will need to be satisfied with the idea of delegating tasks to other people, whether it means switching to internal staff or outsourcing as needed.
3. Confessed when you are wrong
A good leader is someone whom others can relate to and respect, and the good way to do it is to stick to mistakes instead of blaming them or blaming them elsewhere. If you show your team that you are ready to take responsibility when things go wrong, your staff will be less afraid of committing the same mistakes while traveling outside their comfort areas.
4. Make time for your team
It's not easy to run a business, and you're likely to find that your days are tied more than others. However, it is important to make yourself available to your employees, even if that means switching deadlines for that time. Giving your employees an opportunity to share their ideas and interests puts you in a better position to deal with them, thus creating a more ideal working environment for all involved.
5. Keep calm under pressure
It's normal to feel stressed when things go wrong, but if you show staff that you can keep your cool when things get hot, it's likely to adopt similar behavior to better manage stress. This can be useful the next time a disaster (big or minor) occurs to hit your business.
6. Get your hands dirty
As President, you have every right to assign lower level tasks to other people. In many things, it does not make sense for you to spend your time dealing with individual computer problems or shipping issues when you oversee a big operation. At the same time, the last thing you want to do is give your team the impression that you're above their tasks. Quite the contrary – if you want to spend time in trenches, you'll get information about the challenges your customers face and how you can help address them. At the same time, you will send a message that each task is important, which will motivate your team.
The start of the new year is a great opportunity to solve it better. Follow these tips, and your driving skills are likely to improve in 2019.
This article originally appeared on The Motley Fool and was reprinted with permission.
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