A leader is often considered the backbone of an organization and can drive the success of a business. However, do you know the qualities or the impact a strong leader has on a business? Whether you are in a leadership role, or working towards the position, you must understand the importance and influence you can have on your organization.
Here are a few ways strong leadership plays a role in a successful business:
Boosts Company Morale
There are plenty of ways a successful leader can boost the morale of their employees and company as a whole. One of which is by providing positive feedback. While this may sound like a simple task, in most cases, leaders are not doing it. Feedback comes in various forms from something small such as a verbal compliment, to a positive email, or even a handwritten note. Making your employees feel valued and appreciated can help them enjoy their job that much more.
Similar tasks such as checking in on employees to see how they are doing, or providing opportunities for growth, can truly make a difference in your workforce. Make an effort to complete daily or weekly rounds to see how your employees’ work is going, or if they need anything from you. Additionally, finding opportunities for your employees to take on more tasks, or showcase their skills can help them feel valued. Your role is to support and provide employees with the tools they need to be successful, and by participating in these tasks, you become a stronger leader in the long run.
Ensures Effective Communication
It should come as no surprise that communication skills are important in every aspect of an organization. Without proper communication, you may find difficulties in being a successful leader, as well as running a successful organization and maintaining happy employees. As a leader, employees are going to look to you for guidance, feedback, and positive reinforcement. Poor communication creates a difficult work environment and hinders the opportunity for employees to work closely and collaboratively.
To ensure your communication is as effective as possible, be mindful of the language you are using, who you are communicating with, and know how to listen. Every person interprets language differently, so it is important to recognize the terminology you are using when communicating. Knowing how to listen is an incredibly important skill in any aspect of life. Instead of waiting to respond, truly hearing what your coworkers have to say first can influence the conversation in a positive manner.
Guides Through Changes & Embracing Diversity
The world is constantly changing, and that means there will also be changes in the workforce and field you are in. By taking charge through these changes, your employees will feel a sense of security and be willing to work through them with you. Leading by example can be an excellent conversation starter to get your employees on board with whatever changes may come your way. By including your workforce in the conversation, they will be more open and supportive of the change to come.
In addition to change, embracing a diverse workforce can be incredibly beneficial. As a leader, you should be educated and involved in making your workforce more diverse. Successful businesses can pave the road for others in the field in showing how to embrace diversity. As stated by entrepreneur and business leader Robert F. Smith, “We really have to understand that the rest of the world looks to us to provide leadership and a moral compass that…is comprehensive about being a human on this planet and we have to seize that as a true responsibility and make sure we exhibit that through all our actions and our deeds and, most importantly, the way we treat others.” By putting forth the effort to be more inclusive and embracing change, you as a leader can find long-term success.
Strong and structured leadership can directly impact employee satisfaction. Think about it like this, if as a strong leader you are competent, successful, and motivated, the employees around you will feel inspired to be the same. Additionally, employees deserve an environment in which they can build a relationship with you and their colleagues.
A successful leader sets a positive example for the way their employees should work and live their lives. For example, achieving a work-life balance can make or break a strong workforce. Not all employees are going to be as ambitious as you, so it is important you push for things you think that your team may truly need. Something as simple as encouraging employees to use their PTO to do the things they love outside of their workday can make a huge difference.
Implements Visions and Values
Whether your organization has a set of visions and values already established, or you are looking to develop and put them into place, a strong leader is an individual who will ultimately implement these ideas. A company’s values will impact the type of company culture that flourishes as a result, and it should come as no surprise that a positive company culture is vital in a successful business. According to American businessman, Patrick Whitesell, “You can have all the right strategy in the world; if you don’t have the right culture, you’re dead.” It is important to remember that ultimately, this is not just a statement hanging on an office wall, but the behaviors you and your employees’ practice on a daily basis.
If you are in need of a small revamp, consider your company goals, as well as the goals of the individuals that help you achieve success. Take the time to research and meet with your team to discuss the behaviors and values that you participate in daily. Make note of everyone’s ideas and see how each contributes to the company to create a well-thought-out mission statement. Through your leadership, you and your employees can then embrace all that your company has to offer.
No matter where you may be in your leadership journey, recognize that you are the go-to person for your employees. There are always new skills to learn and improve upon that ultimately help you, your employees, and your overall company succeed.