5 Focuses For Business Leaders

Business 26th January 2017

If you run your own business, then it goes without saying that you’ll want to be the best leader you can possibly be. It might not sound as exciting as the tangible measures like bringing in more cash, or increasing your profits, or slashing unnecessary costs, but make no mistake these things can be a direct result of polishing and perfecting your leadership skills.

But what does being a better leader involve, in practical terms? And what can you be doing on a day-to-day basis to raise your game? 

We’ve listed five key areas for you to focus on.

Stop and listen 

Every leader will say that they listen to their employees. But do you really listen? Do you take on-board feedback, and act accordingly? Do you have a real understanding of how your workers think and feel? You’re probably asking many of the right questions, but many business owners miss the mark when it comes to truly listening to the answers.

Stop firefighting 

Of course, every organisation will have unexpected problems from time to time; this is part and parcel of managing people, and all the complexities that goes with it. But if most of your time is spent dealing with issues as they arise you can never focus on what really matters.  Work on getting the right systems and structures in place which will free you up to manage the strategic elements of the business.

Focus on the bigger picture 

When was the last time you stopped to think about where you really want your business to go, or about the kind of leader that you really want to be? Once you break free from firefighting, you free up mental space for mapping out your bigger strategic goals. 

Go against the grain 

It’s easy to follow the crowd and do what everyone else is doing. True leaders though aren’t scared to create their own norms. If you could achieve anything with your business, then what would it be? You might think this isn’t an HR issue, but it absolutely is. Your people are what will bring your dreams into reality. 

Stop trying to do everything on your own 

You can’t be good at everything. Maybe you’re the crazy, creative type, and you need someone to keep your feet on the ground. Or perhaps you’ve got a strong strategic mind, and you need someone to nail all the smaller details and bring your vision into reality. The bottom line is that good leaders don’t do it on their own. 

The best business owners prioritise their people, and call on help to make sure that they’re fulfilling their obligations. 

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