While it’s true that some people are “natural born leaders,” leadership is a skill just like any other — meaning everyone from franchise owners to entry-level employees can improve on their leadership skills.
1. Lead by example.
As the saying goes — actions speak louder than words. If you want your employees to do something, whether it’s have a better attitude at work or show up earlier, you have to be the first one to set that example.
2. Take responsibility for your losses.
While it may be tempting to point the finger at someone else, it’s important that a leader takes responsibility for their mistakes and learns from them.
3. Recognize that it takes a full team to win.
Last quarter’s numbers came back and they were some of the highest you’ve ever seen — who’s responsible for that? Quite simply, everyone! A good leader knows that they wouldn’t be able to run a business without each and every person who works for them. But it’s important to do more than just recognize it yourself, you have to make sure employees feel appreciated and respected as well.
4. Ask for honest criticism.
Especially if you’re not physically at your location each day, it can be easy to lose touch with what’s going on.
While a system might seem good on paper, it may not actually work in the real world. You may be “the boss,” but your employees are on-site each and every day. They’re the ones who know the ins and outs of the business day-to-day, so it’s important to take their suggestions seriously.
5. Communicate everything.
In this digital age, few secrets truly stay secret. While there are, of course, some things you need to keep from your employees, try to be as transparent and honest as possible. Not only will honest communication shut the rumor mill down, but it will make people feel respected and more in control.
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