How to become a better leader

Your e-commerce firm is thriving. You have a website that is a sales magnet, and revenue is steadily increasing. You are proactive and monitor your website’s performance and collect data on key metrics. You no longer think of your firm as a start-up and are planning to hire more staff to keep up with your steady growth. You are transitioning to using a more formal approach to run your company, and you want to be an effective leader to motivate your growing staff. Here are a few tips on how to enhance your leadership skills.

Be a positive role model for your staff

The best way to lead is to lead by example. Behave the way you want others in your company to behave. Set boundaries on what is acceptable and not acceptable behaviour, and never violate those boundaries. If the rules don’t apply to you, you’ll have great difficulty getting your staff to follow them.

Always be humble

Give credit where credit is due, and always be willing to admit if you make a mistake. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice and input from your staff – it is not a sign of weakness. If you readily admit to making a mistake, your employees will be more comfortable doing the same. This way, problems are identified and corrected rather than being swept under the rug, only to resurface later when it’s harder to deal with them.

Encourage your staff to be creative

Encouraging your staff to come up with new ideas can help deepen their commitment to the company, since they can see tangible evidence that they are helping make the company successful. This approach also increases their ability to solve problems and be more productive.

Communicate effectively

Keep the lines of communications open with you staff about workplace issues, and always maintain the confidentiality of any conversations. Building trust with your staff will also encourage loyalty and enhance your ability to provide leadership.

Always think positively

It’s very easy to have a positive outlook when things are going well, but you also need to remain upbeat when problems develop. It’s inevitable that some things will not go according to plan, but you can treat these instances as opportunities to sharpen problem-solving skills. By maintaining a positive attitude while you work through a problem, you create an atmosphere where employees are more likely to remain with the company.

Be passionate about your company

To be an effective leader, you must be passionate about your company and its objectives. If you’re not, how can you expect your staff to have the dedication to make the company a success? Always demonstrate to you employees how strongly you care about the company and how much you value the work that they do.

Give your employees challenges

Routine can be boring, and boredom leads to dissatisfaction. Keep your employees challenged, but never give them tasks that are beyond their ability, and always give them constructive feedback on new tasks. When they successfully learn how to do something new, they will get a sense of accomplishment, and it also shows that you consider them to be valuable members of the company.

You become a better leader by building a better team.

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