5 Steps to Become a Better Leader
1 – Create a Team Mentality
As a business leader, it’s easy to try and do everything yourself. In our experience, this leads to burnout, high employee turnover and ultimately stagnant growth. You simply can’t do it all! Plus, employees perform better and are less likely to quit when they feel empowered with responsibility and a part of a team.
You can start creating a team mentality today. First, evaluate your employees to determine where you can delegate. Also, train your best employees for advancement within your business. Create training and team building activities to help build confidence and connection. Overall, you want your employees to feel like they are a part of something that matters.
2 – Develop an Action Plan
Good leaders have defined goals and an action plan to execute on those goals. You cannot build a successful business without plans. This starts with your initial business plan and continues all the way through your succession plan.
An action plan means you have specific tasks, timelines and measurability for each item on the plan. This is your roadmap to move your business forward. When you work with Alliance Business Coaching, we help you create an action plan for your business.
3 – Listen Well
Good listening is your best tool to become a better leader. In fact, the best leaders understand how to learn from others. Part of listening is having the humility to receive feedback from clients, vendors and employees. You’ll learn about yourself and your business when you listen.
Good listening improves your products and company. Especially when you listen to employees, you find new and innovative solutions to improve and grow your business.
4 – Streamline to Increase Efficiency
Inefficiency gets in the way of business success. Thankfully, both creating an action plan and good listening pave a path to increased efficiency. If you experience the common business owner issue of struggling to delegate, you likely need to streamline your processes.
Work with an outside business analyst, like at Alliance Business Coaching, to evaluate your processes. We help you identify areas for improved efficiency and the strategies to implement those improvements.
5 – Set the Tone
You are in charge as an owner or executive. This means you set the tone of your business. No matter what your written mission and vision statements say, the tone of the business has more power. If you want independent and creative employees, you must delegate and define roles. If you want to be the industry leader, you must offer training and advancement opportunities. Top leaders determine and project the desired tone for their companies.