Improving the leadership skills of yourself and your employees is beneficial company-wide.
1. Understand your future from looking at your past
Learning to be a leader is understanding that it takes time to build those skills. When an employee leaves the company, it is time to reflect. Asking yourself what you could have done better to support that individual, is the first step to knowing yourself as a leader. Even if that person was not a match for the company dynamic, it is still good practice to ask yourself why and see if there are any areas the company can improve.
2. Your voice matters
Treating others how you would like to be treated, is a good motto to live by. When you are in a leadership position, you have to take the extra step of presenting the company’s mission and values. What you show your employees when it comes to your leadership, is what they will interpret as the heart of the company.
3. Hire to build your company
Everyone strives to hire someone who will fit with their business. Since you cannot be everything for all projects, it is beneficial to hire people who have stronger skill sets than you in certain areas. Hire to fortify.
4. Support the strengths of others
Improving on the weaknesses of your staff helps reinforce your core group of employees. But, focusing on their talents not only increases morale, but it also helps develop the skills your employees are interested in. Supporting their strengths is supporting their professional goals.
5. Have personal meetings with yourself
You’ve been doing everything you can to grow your business and support your staff. Take some time to reflect on yourself. Make sure you schedule regular meetings with yourself; it’s during this time you can understand your own personal strengths and weaknesses. If you take the time to make yourself a better boss, you will be making time to be a better leader.