3 Keys To Being A Great Leader In Your Company

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by Norman McBrien, co-founder and Head of Operations of GoConqr

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The efficient management of a business requires a lot of sacrifice and perseverance, since to be a good leader you must get actively involved in the project you manage and have a close working relationship with your workforce. The small details in the day to day are the ones that make the difference between a great boss and a mediocre one, so it’s advisable to be surrounded by the best resources and to absorb all the advice you can to try to improve your leadership capacities.

Here are three keys to managing a business with productivity and efficiency:

1. Group brainstorms.

The more team members you include in early stage brainstorming, the better. In this way you’ll involve the staff in the creativity processes and you’ll get them to be more motivated with the project, which usually leads to a greater work performance. When presenting the points you want to deal with during the brainstorming, you can use online courses and include media resources, such as videos or images, to enrich the presentation and enhance the creativity of your employees. Include members of all the departments of the company in this meeting, since each one can make valuable contributions that you hadn’t previously considered and offer different perspectives that may help develop your business project. So with this brainstorming session you’ll have a double win: the workers will be more motivated and the creativity process will be more enriching and dynamic.

2. Balance between delegation and intervention.

One of the most complicated aspects of leadership is finding the balance between delegating to the managers of each department and intervening in the decisions that you consider important. Finding a middle point is fundamental; on the one hand, you should give enough autonomy to the skilled workers in each area to demonstrate their competencies, but you must also monitor their performance, analyse the results and decide the objectives in the medium and long term. No extreme is good, because if your policy is too interventionist, you’ll limit the potential of your employees; but if you are too passive, you run the risk of losing control. Therefore, you should give a margin of confidence to each section manager, but don’t forget to give them regularly instructions about the goals and targets and keep track of the results they’re getting.

3. Energy and positivism.

It seems silly… but it can make a difference! Entering the office with the high spirit and a smile transmits a great positive energy to the workers. On the other hand, if you show up stressed, sullen and negative with your employees, they’re likely to become even more overwhelmed and more stressed than usual. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you have a bad day, you must try to give an energetic image and not show disappointment or pessimism in the face of any setbacks that may arise. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t point out to a worker the mistakes they make; good leaders are able to combine a positive attitude with the ability to make complicated decisions.

By following these tips you can improve your leadership skills and have a productive and healthy work environment in your office, although you should keep in mind that each workforce, labour sector and company is unique.


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Norman McBrien is co-founder and Head of Operations of GoConqr, a social learning and business platform that offers free tools and content to help students, teachers, and professionals.

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