If you own your own business you probably don’t even have time to fit in a quick lunch let alone get all of your work done in one day. You need to find a way in which to be a leader that does not require you to sit in hour long meetings that get nothing accomplished. If you really want to accomplish something with those meetings, shorten them up a bit. You have to throw the idea of the traditional staff meeting in the garbage. It requires you and your team to be focused. Surely, nobody has an hour to waste.
These meetings should be more of a mentoring and teaching session as opposed to a formal business meeting. If you are going to be able to lead a company you are going to have to know how to address your staff in the appropriate manner. There are some effective techniques that will guide you in the right direction to being a successful leader and having a successful and efficient staff.
1: Do not hide from your team
If you are consistently unable to be found then there can be no effective teaching and mentoring going on. This is not a good example of leadership and gives your team a low morale. If you are consistently looking over their shoulders and walking around the office, but not really impacting them in any way, they will soon feel ignored and like you do not care about their opinions. Make yourself available at all times and never sit behind closed doors and ignore your team.
2: Adapting Styles
Do a little less talking and a lot more listening. Respond with a simple yes or no or maybe an amusing story based off what they told you. It depends on the type of person that you are talking to, so you will have to adapt to their specific style. The best thing you can do to adapt is to listen more. Once someone knows that you are listening to them, they are more apt to listen to you in return.
3: What is in the meeting stays there
Arguments, disagreements, and unusual occurrences are bound to happen in staff meetings. This is when you need to take that leadership role to the next level. You cannot let your staff stand out at the water cooler discussing matters that went on in the meeting. This creates unneeded drama that can soon get out of control. Make sure your staff is aware that what is said in the meeting, stays in the meeting. It is a time in which to share ideas and mentor your staff. Drama is bound to occur, but you can keep it to a minimum if you take the leadership reigns and do not let them stir the pot any further.
It is crucial that you provide immediate and constructive feedback to your employees. Make sure they are always aware of what goals need to be achieved and keep them on the right track. It does not always have to be negative feedback. It is important to give people credit where credit is due. A pat on the back every now and then lets them know that you are paying close attention. If you have to deliver negative feedback make sure you take the time to highlight the positives. Positive reinforcement works on adults too, not just children!
5: Everybody is part of the team
Everybody wants to feel like they are a part of the team. Make sure you are providing them with an adequate amount of encouragement and remind them to provide solutions and not problems. Constantly give them feedback on how they can be more successful as well as how they can make the company more successful. It is important for them to remember that failures do happen, and it is okay. You learn from your mistakes and then move forward. There is nothing wrong with admitting you have made a mistake.
You should coach them on a one-on-one basis as often as you can. Accept the fact that they have opinions and are going to share them. As a business owner, you may feel like you can solve every problem but that is not always going to be the case. You must lead by example and provide them with someone encouragement and goals. It is important that you provide your team with a vision. A vision of the future of the company and what role they play in making it successful. Everyone wants to feel like they have contributed to the success of the company they work for. It is your job to guide them in that direction so they understand how to be a leader as well as a team player.
Other Crucial Qualities of a Leader
Being a leader requires you to be honest with your team. It also requires you to delegate work to others even when you want to do it all on your own. A true leader knows how to give it their best shot while also being able to admit when they have taken on too much. A leadership role requires you not only to be able to communicate well with your staff but to be able to laugh at your mistakes from time to time. People can easily relate to a sense of humor.
If you are not confident in yourself and your business then your staff will see that in how you handle stressful situations. Try to remain as positive as you can so your team sees you as a strong leader who can lead by example.
All of these qualities and attributes are just part of what makes a leader a good one. It is not always going to be easy, but start practicing these skills, even if you have done the business thing before. You may be surprised at how much you can learn about leadership by taking a second look at your positive attributes.