Behind every successful company is a group of talented leaders. While all companies are unique in what type of leaders they need to reach their full potential, there are a few blanket tips that can ensure successful leadership for your business.
Vary your leadership styles
There is no uniform approach to management when leading a team. In a guest article for Entrepreneur magazine, founder and CEO of Market Domination Media Jonathan Long stressed that leaders should remember that all employees need slightly different forms of guidance. While some of your staff members may need step-by-step instructions, others will hit the ground running. You should recognize these differences within your staff and adjust accordingly. Maintaining a flexible style of management allows for your company to see all different kinds of employees flourish.
Keep calm and lead on
Unless you are in the movies, the stereotypical evil boss role does not tend to go over very well. A boss that yells in employees' faces does not usually have a great line of communication with his or her staff. When it comes to addressing missteps or mistakes, Drew Greenblatt, president of Marlin Steel, suggested maintaining a cool demeanor in a blog post for Inc. People are much more receptive to criticism when it is delivered in a constructive manner. This form of communication allows your employees to feel they are in an environment where they are allowed to make the occasional mistake while also understanding how to avoid making the same mistake again.
"Leaders should be confident in their hiring choices."
Know when to back off
Leaders should be confident in their hiring choices, according to Long. Knowing when to back off and let your employees work freely is just as important as leading them until they feel comfortable with their assigned tasks. While there should always be oversight within a company, micro-management is seen by many as a sign of disrespect. Trust your hiring decisions and let your employees do their own work.
Take time every few weeks to listen
Both Long and Greenblatt believe one of the keys to good leadership is the ability to listen. A great way to find out what your employees need, or what the company needs as a whole, is to set up a meeting every few weeks specifically to hear your staff out. Whether it be suggestions, complaints or routine comments, your employees often see things that you may miss. Keeping this open line of communication will only work to better your company as a whole.
Don't abuse your personal power
Employees will often mimic your behavior as a leader. Make sure to always lead by example. For instance, do not be the first to leave the office every day. And if you don't like employees eating lunch at their desks, then don't lay out a five-course meal on yours. One of the simplest ways to be a great leader is to make sure you always embody the characteristics and attitudes that you want out of your team. You know what they say: Monkey see, monkey do.