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Being the CEO or founder of your brand automatically means you are the brand. Your employees will always take cues from you. This is why leadership is an integral part of entrepreneurship. The strength of your business depends on your philosophies and values as a leader. To build a successful brand, you need to be the sort of leader that motivates employees and can handle challenges as they come. Here are some ways to lead by example:

  • Try a Hands-On Approach:

Most employers are good at assigning tasks but fail woefully at doing it themselves. This is a quick way to lose the respect of your team members. No one likes to be told what to do every time. As a boss, you should be willing to get your hands dirty once in a while. Start with working on a task that your team members are reluctant to execute, probably because they find it difficult or challenging. Asides motivating and showing them that it is not impossible to execute, you will be teaching them how to do things to your satisfaction while earning their respect.

  • Accept Responsibility:

One of the quickest ways to set yourself up for hatred as a boss is by blaming your team for failure. This would only make your team members anxious and defensive. You have to understand and accept that your team’s failure is your failure and not the other way round. When things go wrong, face it together; analyze what could have been done better, both individually and as a team. This would boost the confidence of your staff in their abilities, and encourage them to be creative and innovative.

  • Do As You Say:

Going by the “Do as I say, not as I do” motto is bad leadership. The best way to make your employees meet the standards you have set for your brand is by meeting and surpassing those standards. Don’t be the boss who tells everyone to put in their best, and then goes ahead to just put in the bare minimum. They will notice and most likely emulate your bad behaviour. If you treat your clients poorly, your employees will do the same; regardless of how much money you invest in training them. If you have set a standard of excellence in your organization, then you must be the epitome of excellence. Your words and actions must model excellence.

  • Treat Your Employees The Way You Want To Be Treated:

Having great people-skills is vital for good leadership. Your employees want to be valued and treated with love and respect; just like everyone else. Encourage them to express themselves and contribute their opinions during management meetings. Praise them when they have done well and reprimand them when they have erred. Give them the freedom to be proactive by allowing them to deal with situations on their own before intervening. This would go a long way in promoting their confidence and making them assets to your business.

  • Show Honesty and Integrity:

As a leader, you should always say what you mean. Don’t make promises you cannot keep and always deliver on your promises. When you deliver on your words, you will encourage them to do the same. Also, when resolving arising conflicts among employees, try to be as transparent and as fair as possible. This would also go a long way in promoting trust within your team. Bear it in mind that conflict is inevitable but must be tackled with wisdom.

You should display honesty by being truthful with your employees at all times. Lying to them or holding back information breeds distrust and creates friction in an organization. Building trust is vital for any relationship to thrive.

  • Promote Collaborations:

Teamwork is essential to create a result-driven culture. This is why most organizations employ people with different skill sets who can work together as a team. It is important that you let your employees collaborate with one another. This way, everybody feels useful. Even the employees who seem to be lagging behind can be carried along and given a chance to develop themselves while being efficient. Asides the fact that it reduces burnout, it also fosters great interpersonal relationships among employees.

Leadership is all about being able to influence and motivate your employees. Effective communication, listening and taking the initiative are all important for getting them to follow your lead.

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