There comes a time in many companies where the entrepreneur has to pass work off to additional people! (That’s right, you’ll have to trust your baby and vision with another person). Whether you\’re a natural born leader, or need a bit of work, this is where leadership comes into play. Below, we discuss a few techniques to improve your leadership skills!
Focus on Communication
There is only one way to pass a task to another person… communicating! Now, every single person has a different communication style, which can often become difficult, so here are a few tips to help you communicate
Develop a relationship with your employees through engagement. Additionally, support your employees by asking for their thoughts and discussing their ideas! This will help them feel valued and heard.
Ask them Questions
Clearly, we just mentioned that asking questions is helpful. But it is so important that we are going to mention it again. Additionally, it will be helpful to learn about them, on a personal level, and their goals!
It’s easy to think that you’re doing a great job, when in fact, you can make big improvements. Therefore, it is important to ask your employees for feedback. It may not always be helpful or implementable, but it can help YOU learn different ways that they communicate and how you might pass on various tasks.
Building Delegation Skills
It can be helpful to delegate many tasks (not just the ones you no longer want to do) to others! Here are a few tips to make delegation simple and effective.
Even if the task is relatively simple, giving others an opportunity to follow through on a project can boost their confidence! Additionally, if you are passing on a task that may require them to learn new skills, it can help empower and motivate them!
If you are relying on giving your employees an opportunity to learn something new as a form of empowerment, actually giving them an opportunity to learn the skills, on your company’s time, can be very beneficial! That way, they won’t grow resentful and frustrated!
Creating an SOP can be helpful! However, requiring someone to do a task the exact way that you do the task, can stall their efficiency. Still provide the SOP, but provide the space to let them develop their own ways of completing a task!
Additional Leadership Skills:
Sure, you don’t need to tell every single employee your exact revenue, but sharing percentages and goals can really motivate them!
When it comes to leadership, there are so many different ways to use technology to your advantage! For example, using a project management tool such as Basecamp or Asana to help! Additionally, making use of basic communication tools such as Slack can be very helpful!
People have a tendency to get great joy out of helping other people! Creating some kind of a community give-back initiative can be very rewarding for your team!
While your company continues to grow, it is very helpful to develop great leadership techniques! Doing so will only help your team to prosper! We strongly encourage you to start taking some time and foster your leadership skills.