Leadership in Small Business
In the spirit of new year's resolutions, I wanted to share a couple of articles on being a leader for your business. These items are about the need for leadership and what that means. Many people don't consider their leadership style; they either inherit a method or randomly strike out without a plan. Organizations often randomly develop a cobbled together method that is predominantly reactionary. We admire companies that have a well-developed set of goals and philosophy but don't sit down to translate values into an approach for ourselves. Putting out fires is necessary but equipping your business with a value system that can be flexible and respects all involved ensures that employees and partners are equipped to handle the inevitable challenges that arise.
Like any other skill, leadership skills can be developed. Organizing people toward a shared goal may seem like herding cats but most people want to do better. Seizing on that impulse is key and can be encouraged with patience, empathy, creativity, good communication, and the ability to teach and persuade. Sharing successes and commiserating around setbacks helps people feel they are in it together and aims to keep morale on an even keel. Taking initiative and setting agreed-upon goals are key aspects of effective leadership.
The recipe for a great leader?
This quick read boils down to the essential elements that many great leaders share.