Leadership: How do you fit in? by Megan Murphy
This month we’re talking about team building and how to make the most of each person on staff. But what I truly think makes or breaks a team is its leader. A good leader can be the difference between a successful company and a struggling one.
While the concept may be subjective to your company’s individual needs, I think I’ve come up with a list of the most essential qualities a leader needs in order to make the most of their team’s efforts.
This could mean a lot of things. But a little enthusiasm goes a long way, and it’s easier to be excited by your line of work when you have a passion for it. You’re wasting your time if you aren’t doing what you love. A good leader works in a field or position that offers them the ability to be inspired by their own work. Inspiration is contagious.
A Good Listener (and Communicator!)
It’s one thing to know how to say things and when to say them, but it won’t get you far if you aren’t actively listening to your team’s response. A good leader knows how to communicate effectively with their team and/or clients. But more importantly, they should have exceptional active listening skills. Feedback is everything, especially when it comes from your own team. If anyone wants your business to succeed, it’s those working for and with it.
I think being loyal to your teammates means being supportive. It means thinking of them before yourself when making decisions. A loyal leader values their team and provides support, proper compensation, and insight for those on their team. “True loyalty ensures that all team members have the training and resources to do their jobs. It’s standing up for team members in crisis and conflict,” according to Forbes.
Problem-solving is key when leading any team, big or small, in person or remotely. As a leader, your role means taking responsibility when needed and developing tangible, realistic ways to keep improving your business. Someone who can back up their ideas with data or expertise and ask the right questions to keep their team working efficiently.
Striving for improvement and trying new things are two behaviors a smart business owner displays. Someone willing to take initiative and small risks in exchange for greater reward show confidence and intelligence. An opportunist looks for unique ways to collaborate with others, try out new tech, network, and learn. “The way it’s always been done” is not in their vocabulary.
Remember: You can’t be the best leader with too much on your plate. If you need an extra hand around the office, call us! Your leadership skills should be your priority – not administrative tasks.