By Josh Kohlbach, CEO and founder of Rymera Web Co, the makers of Wholesale Suite, the No. 1 WooCommerce wholesale solution.
You must have seen a lot of successful entrepreneurs who have set up huge businesses and employed hundreds of people. While it’s inspiring to look at these personalities, you should understand that not all successful entrepreneurs are great leaders.
Great leaders are not just entrepreneurs with the goal of creating a profitable business. Rather they are visionaries who are capable of motivating their employees to make their vision a reality. In doing so, they will always take their employees with them on their road to success.
They are not like the boss who commands their employees, micromanages them, demands respect, creates authority and generates fear.
On the contrary, they are the ones who set the right example, treat others with respect and kindness, have a clear vision and are honest. They listen to you, value you and motivate you to do what’s best for you and the organization.
If you want to be someone like that, this post is for you. In the following section, we’ll look at three easy ways to become a better leader for your employees. So let’s get started.
1. Be a good listener.
One of the most important traits of a good leader is to be a good listener. In the world of the internet and digital devices, being a good listener has become a lost art. But to be a good leader, you should be able to listen to your employees attentively and empathically.
For that, you have to give them your time. Pay attention to what your employees have to say. They might want to share an idea, clarify their doubts, ask for opinions, etc.
But not everyone is good at expressing themselves. Some people need time to gather their thoughts before putting them into words. You have to be patient with such people.
Ask questions to clarify your doubts and understand the situation better. Once you hear their thoughts, worries and concerns, take your time to reflect on them and express agreement with certain points first. By doing that, you can help them diffuse their anxiety and feel more comfortable with you.
Now come up with a solution to solve your employee’s problems. If you think the issues can be resolved with a few discussions, make it happen. Explain to them how you’ll take care of it and let them know that they don’t need to worry about it. This will help your employees have peace of mind and confidently believe that you have their back.
2. Learn to handle failure.
No matter how successful or powerful you are, there will be times when you’ll go through hardships, experience failures and feel demotivated. Good leaders don’t give up at such times. Instead of being demoralized and unmotivated, find ways to learn how to handle failures positively.
No one likes to fail. But failure and success are part and parcel of life. And you might have to face them every now and then. A good way to cope with failure is to develop realistic thoughts about your failures.
For example, instead of giving up, reaffirm to yourself that you have failed because you have challenged yourself to something difficult.
Some people try to put the blame on others. Good leaders don’t do that. They acknowledge the things they have learned from their failures and take responsibility for their actions. Once they do that, they involve their team to identify their mistakes and plan ways to move forward.
Discuss your mistakes with your team. In doing so, try to learn from your mistakes and see how to do things differently the next time.
3. Serve as a model.
Good leaders serve as role models by being examples of optimism, persistence and hope. If you too want to be a good leader, you should exhibit positive traits and characteristics that inspire people to respect and admire you.
Always be empathetic to your employees and treat them like your extended family. Remember, your business is thriving only because of the hard work of your employees. So treat them with the respect and kindness they deserve.
Make sure to apologize if you lose your temper. Never play the blame game and learn to take responsibility for your actions. Little things like these can make you more approachable and make your employees be more fond of you. It can also let them know that you care for them, and they may look up to you as a role model.
It’s not easy to be a good leader. Anyone can sit in an office and delegate tasks to their employees. Being a good leader is more than just that. The above tips can help you be a great leader and help you shape your road map to success.