Leadership comes in many different shapes and styles. But many great leaders have the same trait in common: their can-do attitude. The way a can-do leader handles her or himself can be what makes or breaks team morale, determines employees’ level of motivation, and sets the tone for taking the business in the right direction. Can-do leaders are by definition, individuals who don’t let any obstacle stand in the way of their team’s success.
Luckily, becoming a can-do leader is much more achievable than you might think. With some hard work, and the Entrepreneurial Operating System® by your side, you too can tap into its wealth of benefits.
Follow the guidelines below, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming the boss you always knew you could be:
1. Build Trust
The first step to becoming a can-do leader is empowering those around you. That can’t happen unless you first build trust. When it comes to leading a team, your employees need to know they can depend on you, and that you have their backs. Showing them that you’re invested in their success and genuinely interested in their wellbeing will go really far in the eyes of your staff.
Some other ways to build trust include:
- Always managing fairly. Picking favorites is a sure-fire way to alienate team members.
- Being consistent. Your employees should be able to understand your expectations and know when they have met your performance standards.
- Giving credit when credit is due. Everyone loves to be recognized for doing a good job.
2. Create Opportunities for Feedback
Another way to lead with a can-do attitude is by creating opportunities for feedback from your employees. If they see that you’re always trying to improve your management style, it will make them a lot more willing to go the extra mile for you.
Your team members should know that they can always talk to you about an issue, even if it’s something that’s hard for you to hear. Chances are, they’re already quite nervous to bring up a problem to their boss, so it’s your responsibility to make sure they feel heard and accepted. Nobody wants to give feedback when there’s a fear that they’ll be punished for it.
3. Be a Mentor
Can-do leaders not only get results, they also empower those around them to be the best that they can be. Your team can really benefit from having a strong mentor at the helm. Doing things like actively finding teaching moments, leading by example, and creating opportunities for employees to grow will set your business up for a bright future.
After all, think back to how you got to the position that you are in; we’re sure you had more than a few great mentors that helped you along the way. It’s time to pay it forward. Reinforce positive behavior when employees reach their goals, and find ways to help out when you see someone struggling. You’ll earn even more of their respect in the process.
4. Make Decisions Confidently
Believe it or not, your demeanor has a major effect on those around you. And when you’re making a tough decision that impacts the whole organization, you’ll have more than a few eyes analyzing your every move. That’s why you should always make decisions with confidence.
Whatever you do, wherever it takes your team, trust that you are making the right call. Show it with your body language, use a firm tone of voice, and never waiver. You’re the rallying point for the whole business – stand tall, and don’t be afraid to be decisive when the moment calls for it.
5. Leverage Your Team Members
Our final tip for becoming a can-do leader is learning how to maximize the talent around you. We understand that getting to where you are today took a lot of hard work. You feel pride in what you do, and have relied heavily on your own abilities for years. But you can’t keep adding responsibilities to your docket while keeping all of the plates spinning at once.
Learn to let go of control on some of your regular tasks and trust someone else to do them instead. We know that it can be difficult to wrap your head around, but your talents are best used strategizing – not getting caught up in the weeds. Leverage your team members and give them some of the responsibilities you previously only reserved for yourself. They’ll appreciate your faith in them, and will likely learn new skills or hone their existing ones in the process.
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Getting the growth you’ve been striving for is not only possible, it’s within reach. Adopting Team Traction’s Entrepreneurial Operating System has the potential to turn your business into the profitable, driven organization you want it to be. We take pride in guiding our business owner clients in overcoming these challenges and more. It all starts with a conversation. Call us at (850) 473-1100 or click here for our contact page.