When you are the head of your own business and run a team alongside your own responsibilities, you need to have brilliant leadership skills.
Here’s a list of key qualities that every good leader should possess and learn to develop:
Positive attitude – If you want to keep your team motivated and get their energy levels up, you need to have a positive attitude! Have a mix of playfulness and productivity in the workplace to get your team feeling happy and upbeat – this will result in good quality work.
Delegating – Delegating tasks to the right people is important to develop your team’s skills as your business grows. The key to delegation is to identify the strengths of your team and focus on them, along with the tasks they enjoy, as the more they enjoy doing it, the higher the chance is that they will put more into behind it. Remember, as the work begins to pile up, the more you take on yourself, the more the stretch yourself thin which means the quality of your work will suffer so remember to delegate!
Confidence – There are going to be times when things aren’t going to plan or the future isn’t looking so bright, but the most important thing you can do is not to panic. As a leader, you’re here to put out the fires whilst maintaining the team morale. Stay cool, calm and collected and your team will follow.
Commitment – You need to lead by example, there is no greater motivation for a team than seeing their boss getting their hands dirty with the rest of them! You want to demonstrate that hard work is being done on every level and by doing this you will earn respect from your team and encourage that same hardworking energy.
Inspire! – Inspiring your team to work hard and create success is vital. You want to generate enthusiasm and encourage your team to focus on future goals (whilst also putting maximum effort into current issues). When work is deep, energy levels will fall and morale is low, you need to acknowledge that everyone is dedicated, committed and working to their greatest ability. Your job is to keep spirits up, and that starts with showing your appreciation for the hard work done.