Leadership – the right team

Who is behind you, helping you?

Approaching leadership in business is much like an elite athlete preparing for a marathon. The training regime, the team, the competition, the strategy and leadership all combine to a race-winning formula.

In any sporting event, success rarely rests on the shoulders of one person. There is a whole team of specialists and experts that play a role to develop the strategy and skills involved in winning a race.

A business owner must put themselves in a similar mindset in order to achieve success. They must build a team around them to assist in achieving the goals of the business. By harnessing the knowledge and skillsets of your team members – be they employees, contractors, and advisors – is essential in ensuring that new ideas are brought forward, you’re able to get stuff done and meet the demands of your customers and clients.

 

Taking on a leadership role

Being a leader is hard work. Often, leaders make it more difficult for themselves because they look everywhere for the tools to improve — everywhere except at the people who surround them. The people around you are the keys to business growth and development — all you have to do is take on the leadership role to bring your team along for the ride.

How you approach leadership will depend on your own style, as much as who is in your team. There are a few fundamentals for any all good leaders. A good leader will: provide a vision for the future; provide inspiration; and make other people feel important and appreciated.

The days of cracking the whip to get the most out of people is long gone. Whip-cracking and ‘stick-not-carrot’ leadership styles are rarely effective when used in isolation. Leadership is about getting the best from your team by engaging them with positive reinforcement. Thinking about what motivates your team, as individuals and as a group, will put you on the fast track to the finish line.

 

Five leadership tips for business owners:

  1. Lead by example
  2. Cultivate a culture of innovation
  3. Be a master of communication
  4. Delegate according to strengths
  5. Ask for and provide feedback