The missing skill set for many business owners is Leadership

 

How to turn your employees into an empowered team

Do you have helpers awaiting instruction or an empowered team?

 

Employees in the same business do not automatically become team.

I work in many businesses with multiple employees. In my experience, very few business owners have learned the skills to turn those employees into a high functioning team. A group of people employed by the same business is not automatically a team. Even when they are working in the same location, that does not make them a team.

Most employees are hired to do a specific job. They seek to understand what their job entails. They are assessed on how well they perform the tasks related to that job. They relate to other employees in the workplace. Some more closely than others depending on personality and common interests. They may not even talk to other employees who are doing a different function, or who seem to be uninterested in connecting with them.

I know of workplaces where it is deathly quiet almost all day as everyone is sitting working at their computer. Employees relate to each other only occasionally, and if they have a problem they speak to their manager or the business owner.

Another workplace I remember there were two strong personalities (not the business owner) who dominated the atmosphere, and everyone else had to fit in with them. Employee churn was high. Any sense of a team environment was illusory.

 

Every business owner can learn to create an empowered team.

 

– The missing skill set for many business owners is Leadership.

  • Many business owners do not see themselves as a leader. They have the mindset of a skilled technician. They often still have the mindset of a wage earner. What is needed is to develop the mindset of a business owner and be able to see what is required to lead their business, not just work in it.
  • This is an understandable oversight in both professional services and trade-based businesses. In the early days, developing technical skills is the priority. However, once you become a business owner, the game changes and it is vital that developing leadership skills becomes the priority.
  • The main reason employees struggle to settle in a role in a new business is because there is a lack of good leadership. Leadership brings security. Leadership sets the tone and the atmosphere. Leadership helps establish the culture of a business.

– Things that will improve when your leadership skills develop:

  • Your own confidence
  • Your communication skills
  • Team relationships
  • Team harmony
  • Employee motivation and engagement
  • Staff retention
  • Productivity

– How can a business owner become a better leader?

Once you create a more empowered team environment, the side benefit is that you, the business owner, will not be needed for every decision. You will free yourself up. You will have a business that runs well even when you are not there. Every business owner goes into business to find greater freedom, flexibility, and fulfilment in their lives. Learning leadership skills is the pathway to attain that elusive dream.

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NB. There is so much good material on high performance teams – E.g., How to Build a High Performing Team | The Complete Guide

 

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