Being a leader isn't just about barking orders at subordinates. It's not even about coming up with great ideas. Leadership is about helping people who work under you achieve more than what they thought was possible. Here are four tips to help you become the best leader you can be in your business.
Leadership isn't an innate skill — it's something that can be learned and improved on over time. Over at Entrepreneur, Ivan Misner, founder of Business Network International, goes through four things that great leaders do:
- Focus on the solution, not the problem: "Sometimes we focus so much on the problem, we become an expert at problems. Stop that," Misner said. He advises leaders to focus on the solution instead.
- Facilitate collaboration: If leaders can get their teams collaborating and to collaborate with them, they can come up with amazing ideas.
- Be a culture champion: You should talk to your team about your business' core values, initiatives and vision. "You are never too small to do that' even when you have or two employees. That's when you need to start," Misner said. "By the time you have 10, then it's too late."
- Be caring: "People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care," he said. "People have to know you care about their success; that you really want them to do well."
Misner had some final words about what makes a great leader:
"Leadership is about accomplishing more than people thought possible, that's what makes a great leader. If you can help people accomplish more than what they thought was possible, then you're doing your job."
You can watch the full video of Misner over at Entrepreneur.