A third of employees report that they would actually quit a job because of a bad manager, according to one survey, proving that being a good leader is vital to success in business. When striving to become a good leader in the workplace, it’s important to keep in mind that there are some notable traits that are often associated with those who are natural-born leaders. From having good communication skills to supporting your employees and even being more open-minded, here are some traits that can undoubtedly make for successful business ownership, leadership and management.
The benefits of good communication
Believe it or not, but having good communication skills is a vital skill when it comes to being a successful business leader, and for several reasons. For example, good communication with your employees can effectively allow you to work out conflicts before they become bigger issues, contributes to a collaborative workplace environment, and can even heighten your workplace’s morale — and it doesn’t have to be difficult to achieve, either. In fact, simply making yourself available and providing guidance where needed is a step in the right direction.
Because of its many benefits, good employer/employee communication can lead to success in business in a number of different ways. For example, by making yourself readily available and providing good advice, your employees will likely feel more comfortable coming to you about any problems they may have, thus making for a trusting employer/employee relationship and overall better work environment. Not only can this help with employee retention and job satisfaction, but it can also lead to better productivity in the long run.
Supporting your employees
Supporting your employees is also considered a major trait of a good leader. By providing positive encouragement rather than criticism, and regularly taking the time to recognize your employees’ accomplishments, you can contribute to a positive and uplifting work environment that people will want to be in. However, it’s important to realize that supporting your employees in other ways — such as by ensuring they are protected in the event of an unforeseeable incident by investing in the proper worker’s compensation insurance, is also important. In fact, according to Cerity, purchasing simple and comprehensive coverage can drastically limit the ramifications that may come along with unforeseen workplace accidents.
Being an open-minded leader is also a necessary element of success in any business. By accepting feedback and constructive criticism — as well as by taking others’ ideas into consideration, you can make yourself open to changes within the workplace (and even the business itself). Ultimately, you can collaborate, consider, and make changes where needed that can contribute to improvements — and overall success. Luckily, there are many ways that you can get the feedback you need (both from employees and consumers) whether it be from workplace meetings, surveys or polls.
Running a successful business goes hand in hand with being a good leader. Thankfully, there are a number of notable traits that make for a good boss, manager or business owner, which can benefit business in a variety of different ways. By staying open minded, having optimal communication skills, and supporting your employees, you will be sure to make the most of the job.