Your business most definitely does need a leader, and you might have thought instantly, ‘well it has one’. Your business needs a leader this time of year more than it does any other, but that doesn’t mean you can just have one big push at the end of the year, and relax back into the other ways that you might have had before. Because if you think your business has a leader, and you think it’s you, then it might be time to have a little think about how true that is. No company owner will ever like to admit they’re in the wrong. In fact, we think they’ll do anything in their power to ensure they’re the ones who are in the right. We’ve seen some company owners swear blind to their employees that things should be done one way, even though the other week they were saying it should be done a different way! That’s not the way a leader should be, and we know you’ve done this a few times yourself. So, before you think the leader of your business is you, have a read of this article, and see if there’s a few things that you should change.
Take Some Advice
If you jumped right into the world of business with no experience whatsoever, then we know why you might not be the best leader there is. Because to manage a business is one of the hardest things you can do, especially as it keeps growing and growing. Jozef ‘Jos’ Opdeweegh, for example, has produced so many articles that you can read about being a CEO, and what it takes to be a good one. There’s so much advice out there, but the best advice we believe is going to come from your employees. We know this is a trick that all company owners are missing, because who would want to take advice from their employees, right? But they actually know more about your business than you do. They’re doing the tasks you can’t do on a daily basis, and they know the ins and outs more than you do, we feel anyway. Simply talking to them for some advice on how things could be improved, could change the outlook of your business entirely.
A lot of leaders are promoted or start a business without any formal training which is fine. At some point you may need to improve your business skills to be more successful. Or if you are looking at expanding your business having the right know how will help you plan and implement your business strategies more successfully. One recommendation I have would be to obtain an MBA. There are many options available to complete an MBA online that will provide you with the flexibility to still run and manage your business at the same time. One such option is the MBA program for Canadians which offers learning from other industry-experienced experts and a solid network and connection with other peers.
A Taste Of Your Own Medicine
Staying along the lines of your employees again, you need to think about what it would be like to have a taste of your own medicine. Think about what it would be like to be an employee to yourself, and how you would work. To be a true leader you have to know how to treat people in a way that’s respectful as well as being that authoritative figure. If you just feel like you’re failing completely, there are actually plenty of courses online that could show you what you need to do.
Your Business Progress
If you think you’re a good leader, you need to think about how your business has progressed. If it is steady and going uphill, then there might only be a few things that you have to change. But if you know your business is struggling, then your leadership definitely does need to change. You could get a business analyst in to help give you a clearer picture of what needs to change specifically to your business.