Entrepreneurs often worry if they are good leaders. The truth is that you can’t be a leader if you don’t have a team to lead. But having a team is not enough – you need to establish a good relationship with the employees based on mutual trust and respect.
Good leaders are aware of the importance of having their employees on their side and do everything they can to foster fruitful relationships between them.
Getting the trust and respect of your startup team is an important part of building a strong company. Here are five things you should do daily if you want to win over your employees:
Set an example
Lead by example is probably one of the most important things you should embrace as a leader. Make sure your words and actions align with the main mission and vision of the company. The employees may lose trust in you if they see that what you say and do don’t align with the main goals and objectives of the company.
If you want your team members to share more – you share more. If you want them to know that meeting deadlines really matters to you, you should make sure that you meet all deadlines. Make sure that the actions you take on a daily basis set an example. Your employees need a straightforward leader, who knows what they are doing. Be the one to follow!
Feedback is a great source of information that, if received regularly and on time, can save you as a leader a lot of time, problems, and worry. Seek on daily basis feedback from your employees. Make it clear that every type of feedback – positive or negative is welcomed. Seek actively feedback and your employees will feel more connected to you as a leader as they communicate often their work problems with you.
Bet on transparency
Keep your employees in the loop about major decisions that are being taken in the company. The team members feel more comfortable when knowing what changes are planned – this allows them to prioritize better and to focus better on the important tasks. As a leader, bet on being transparent when it comes to significant decision making and major transformations that will happen in the startup.
Learning how to effectively delegate is one of the most important things a leader should master. It isn’t enough just to assign a specific task to someone – if you want the outcome of the delegating to be effective, it is important to know what, you are assigning, to whom you are assigning it, and why exactly you are doing so.
As a leader, you will face stressful situations on daily basis. You will need to take important decisions for which you are responsible. Staying calm in the storm shows a strong character, self-control, and focus.
Communicating effectively under pressure is what you need to master. It is difficult to stay calm when under pressure, but as a leader, you have the responsibility to lead no matter what. Great leaders stay calm. You are a great leader, aren’t you?