You Need To Be The Right Leader For Your Business

The Right Leader

Running a business with employees can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only are you able to work with people who are also working to improve your business, but you’re able to grow it in ways that simply wouldn’t be possible if you were running the business by yourself.

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However, it’s a mistake to think about employees purely in terms as a resource to be used. You need to make sure that you’re being the leader that your employees really need you to be. 

Luckily, there are a few simple things that you can do in order to do that.

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Lead by Example

There are plenty of business owners out there who seem to think that their job is simply to tell their employees what to do. That is regardless of what they, themselves are doing.

For one thing, if you’re just sitting around telling your employees what to do then they’re going to feel pretty resentful of you. Not only that but if you’re not leading by example, it’s going to be that much harder for you. You will not fully appreciate the challenges that difficulties that your employees face on a day to day basis.

If you want to make sure that you and your employees are all pushing in the same direction then being able to connect with what they’re doing at work is one of the best ways to deal with that.

When I pass on work to my freelancers here I always pass on work I could do myself but don’t have the time to do. I let them find the “how to” or method that they want to achieve the end result. People perform better when they have freedom to do it HOW they want.

Not only that but if you're not leading by example, it's going to be that much harder for you. #leadership Click To Tweet

Be Open to Feedback as the Right Leader

As the business owner, you’re likely to be used to being the one who gives out the instructions and direction. However, it’s important to remember that your employees often have a different perspective that can be just as valuable as yours.

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Sure, you might be at the top with the bird’s-eye view, but your employees are the ones in the trenches. Therefore,  they know the day to day functions of your business better than anyone.

You need to be willing to listen to their feedback. That way, you always know exactly what is happening in your business. I have a few freelancers who have different personalities than myself and this helps in promoting Inspire To Thrive. 

They have a whole different way of looking at things and with wording promotional content for me. Going forward I look for people with traits I don’t have to help me along my business’s path. 

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Know When You’re Not the Expert

In the same way that you might not be able to see things that your employees see, you also need to remember that sometimes there are going to be people who know a whole lot more than you.

Accepting your limitations is one of the most important things you can do as a business owner. Being able to step back and hire a conference speaker to provide training to your employees, or being able to let employees take the wheel in certain situations might be difficult, but it’s also incredibly important. 

If you have been a reader here for some time you know I hired an SEO freelancer this year to help me as my business grows. Why spend time on something so technical when you can spend that time growing your business? It didn’t make sense for me to continue doing my own SEO here.

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Make sure that you never let your ego get in the way of running your business.

Remember that it’s not just a matter of you being the boss and your employees doing what they’re told. Instead, you need to think of your business as a single organism with you as the brain and your employees as the muscles.

If any of you stopped working, the entire thing would shut down entirely. Sure, you might be running the show, but that doesn’t mean that everyone else in your business isn’t incredibly important as well.

How do you lead others in your business? Are you the right leader for your business?  I’d love to know more in the comments below!

Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Social Media, Blogging, and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 30+ years of experience in marketing/advertising with 9 years of experience in content marketing, social media, blogging, and SEO. Check out her latest eBook "How to Tweet and Thrive on Twitter" now on Amazon.

  • LOVING this message Lisa! Leaders inspire and help, but, allow their followers to follow their path. Leaders are humble, open to feedback and are team players. Leaders do NOT issue orders; more like getting everybody together to work toward a common goal.

    • Thank you Ryan 🙂 Yes, we cannot make others go on a path they don’t want to on. We can lead them like leading a horse to water but we can’t make them drink it! I believe in lead by doing. Less talking and more doing is always my philosphy Ryan. Thanks for coming by as always. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend ahead.

  • thank you for motivating us. as a entrepreneur i really realize these things when i am with my employee.

  • Hi Lisa

    I am the first time on your blog and I love the whole article especially the one where you told us “When you are not expert” most of the time this is the problem of a boss not a problem of a leader.

    Kind regards

    • Hi Rakesh, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Thank you. Yes, we all can’t be experts in multiple fields. There are just not enough hours in a day to be so. Thanks for coming by and for taking the time to comment here. Have a great day ahead!

  • Hi Lisa,

    Some bosses are rulers and not leaders and that only ends up working against them. I know of one who claimed he was able to running his business alone and his employees were just around to help him do less. The bad news is he closed down his small business in less than 3 years.

    Employers should know whatever they are is thanks to their employees. I have 8 month unpaid salaries in 2 different SMEs before I left the cooperate world over 10 years ago. These bosses just thought they became little gods by creating small businesses. Wrong!

    This makes me remember those days working bosses 😉

    • Hi Enstine, That’s sad when a business closes so soon and for that reason! Yes, and to remember to thank them for their efforts is important too. Some people really need that to feel satified in what they do. Wow, 8 months unpaid, I can see why you left Enstine. What type of work did you do? Thanks for coming by Enstine and for all the shares as well. Much appreciated. Have a great day 🙂

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