Leadership development: Are you ready to lead?

Within an organization, employees look to their leadership for clear direction and seek approval before moving forward with their projects. Also, it’s important for any founder to know how to effectively manage your team as your company continues to grow. 

But not everyone is a strong leader and these skills take time and a lot of work/experience to develop. But it’s important to understand how valuable leadership skills are for your organization as a whole. Investing in yourself to develop leadership skills can better your business in the long run. 

Read on to learn more about why leadership skills as a founder are important to possess and discover ways to develop your skills that will benefit your bottom line.

In my experience, the most effective leaders are those who lead by example, demonstrating honesty, integrity and inclusiveness. They also encourage open, free and non-judgemental communication across all levels, which in turn, drives stronger individual and organizational productivity. 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the least effective leaders are those who lead by bullying, instilling fear and driving divisiveness. They make it clear that they don’t want to hear the opinions or perspectives of others and as a consequence, individual and organizational performance suffers. 

I highly recommend that all business owners spend time reflecting on their leadership style to determine your strengths and weaknesses. From there, you can take steps to ensure you are being the most effective leader you can be. 

Mindtools has a great, 12-question quiz to help you determine your leadership style. And here is a list of some of my favorite books about effective leadership.

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