1. Understand the importance of leadership
A leader with a vision ensures where the company is going and what are the strategies have to be implemented for the growth of the organization. Your role is to be an influential person who motivates his team and displays a positive naturalness. You want your employees to be enthusiastic and support your goals
If, for instance, you need to improve your customer service, you need to set clear objectives and mobilize your staff to achieve them. You may need to organize systematic one-on-one meetings with your team members to monitor progress.
2. Know your strengths and weaknesses, then delegate
A good leader must also be aware of his or her skills and personality. “Make sure you know your strengths, weaknesses and gaps. Once you realize this, you can better focus on what you do best, while knowing exactly where you are likely to need help,” says Halde. For example, you could strengthen a weak point in your skills by hiring an external executive search consultant.
“You can’t do everything by yourself. The inability to delegate is probably one of the biggest challenges for many entrepreneurs, who often practice micromanagement,” says Halde.
The latter encourages entrepreneurs to recognize the strengths of other members of their team and to take advantage of them. “It is important to learn to surround yourself with competent staff.
Through delegation, you also develop your employees, which is essential to the long-term stability of your organization, especially in times of economic instability. People generally rise to the challenges.”
3. Set up a coaching session
“Leadership training is also important to ensure that employees have the skills they need to grow your business, especially in difficult times,” says Halde.
Your employees may not have the appropriate problem-solving skills to help your company overcome common challenges such as operational inefficiency and low productivity.
“Traditional theoretical training programs may not motivate staff. Today, for example, it is better for experienced managers to train and share their knowledge with team members. It is also possible to use external assistance,” he adds.
4. Demonstrate transparency
Good communication skills are also essential for leaders to perform well.
“The first step is to be completely transparent with employees and to communicate exactly where the company is and their role,” says Halde.
“Be yourself and don’t hide behind a mask. People will know if you are sincere or not. Your employees need all the information they can get to help you achieve your company’s goals. Not disseminating information can only cause you trouble along the way.”
5. Earning respect from others, not love or fear
“Leadership is not a popularity contest. Your goal is to be respected, not feared. You have to show that you are fair in your transactions, competent and good as a coach,” says Halde.
Strong leaders must also be able to make difficult decisions and focus on results. “Don’t be afraid to put your cards on the table and face conflicts and challenges directly, but be tactful. In the end, people will respect you more because of your transparency.”
6. Rewarding staff
Another excellent leadership strategy is to treat others as you would like them to treat you. “Always thank those who have done a good job. It must be said that this simple gesture increases performance,” says Halde.
In addition to the obvious benefits such as compensation and bonuses, people really need honest feedback. “When you ask employees to spare no effort, especially in difficult times, show that you appreciate a job well done, which will also help to build their loyalty,” he adds.
Last advice for effective leadership: “Business networking is a leader’s best friend, especially for small and medium-sized businesses,” says Halde.
“Entrepreneurs often need to connect with other business owners, especially to share their experiences and learn from each other.” Effective leaders know how to build relationships and build beneficial partnerships and alliances.
“Networking is also a way to stay on top of trends and maintain your visibility in an extremely competitive market. In today’s global context, no one can do it alone!”