3 Steps to Becoming a Better Leader for Your Business

The difference between a business owner and a successful business owner often comes down to a single word: leadership.  For those individuals which aren’t born as natural leaders, and even for those which are, leadership remains a skill that can be improved upon with dedication and work. Here are three steps to developing yourself into the type of leader your business and employees deserve.

Determine What Type of Leader You Want to Be

Over the course of human history there have been countless numbers of great leaders. Over the past few years, there has been an explosion of research and books released on many of these leaders, and the different leadership styles which exist. However instead of just randomly grabbing a book, try and determine the type of leader you want to be, and more importantly try and access what type of person you are.

Think of your favorite sports team, on some teams the leader is a boisterous individual who rallies his/her team around them by becoming larger than life. On other teams the leader is a stoic individual who the team looks to in moments of doubt because the individual provides them with assurances, they are prepared and ready to conquer what is in front of them.

It would be illogical to say one of these types is “better” than the other. However what can be said is taking the loud yelling leader and trying to have them leader in the same way as the stoic leader would be a failure. Take some time to think about who you are and what type of leader you want to be.

Find which leadership style best suits your natural demeanor and you can ensure you are not fighting the current as you work to improve your leadership skills.

Find a Leader to Emulate

As you now know which type of leader you are, your next step is to find great leaders who have the same leadership style as you. Once again a little research will be required here, but taking the time to find individuals to emulate can often provide real world examples for you to learn from.

In addition, if you are able to find a leader you admire it is often helpful, when faced with a difficult decision, to ask yourself “What would XYZ do in this same situation?” By distancing yourself from the problem, it can often provide clarity, making your own decision much easier to assess.

Gather Feedback

What characteristics of your current leadership do your employees and peers ascribe to you? For many business leaders, they do not know the answer to this question. Think of any of the reality TV shows, which deals with struggling businesses, inevitably there is a scene where the employees are asked to review their boss’ leadership and the boss is shocked to learn of the many issues that undermine what they thought was great leadership. Do not fall into this trap yourself; work to develop internal review systems allowing your employees to provide anonymous feedback on what the company and you can provide them.

Unfortunately this is one of the more difficult aspects of growing as a leader. Often our first inclination when we receive feedback is to take it negatively, however in order to grow it is essential to understand where current shortcomings exist. One warning around this is while you should review and incorporate this feedback, radical swings in your approach can often do more damage than good. Be careful not to try and be everything to everyone, examine the feedback you receive and look for consistent thoughts and requests. Place these thoughts and requests clearly written out on your desk, computer, or wherever else they can serve as a daily reminder of things you can work to improve on.

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Joseph Brady
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Joseph Brady has been involved in growing businesses since 2004. Focused on improving their marketing efforts both on and offline, he has spent considerable time working as a search engine marketing consultant assisting business increase both the quantity and quality of web traffic.

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