So, it’s your first time owning a business. You’ve been working on the perfect business idea for years, and things have finally come to fruition. Now, you’re worried about actually managing and leading a company forward. What do you do? How will you make people respect and respond to you? What if you’re not a good leader?
Loads of questions run through your head as you panic about the situation. This is very common, particularly when it’s your first business. As with everything in life, it gets easier the more you do it. You must prepare yourself for what lies ahead.
The excellent news is that there have been so many people in a situation like yours. All of the biggest business owners in the world started off in your position. Thus, we’ve got loads of advice and tips to call upon! So, if you’re worried about being the leader of a company, then here are some beginner tips to help you get off on the right foot.
Take Leadership/Management Training
There’s no such thing as being over-qualified. You could be in a position where you’re starting a company with little to no qualifications. Not only that, but you don’t have any experience. While you can’t do anything about the latter, you can address the former.
All business owners should look at self-development. Train yourself to be better at your job, and this will inspire better leadership. The key is finding courses that will actively help you become a better business owner. Getting something like a PMP Exam Certification will help you be a much better project manager, teaching you the skills needed to take control of all your projects. In turn, this makes you a better leader as you know how to get on top of things, delegate tasks to individuals, and so on.
Continue your personal development throughout your career. The more qualifications or certifications you add, the better you’ll be at your job.
Lead by Example
It’s the most cliché’ advice you can give, but it’s also one of the most effective ways of being a better leader. Remember, you run this ship. You are the captain. You are the person who brought this business idea up from the ground and raised it to what it is right now. So, everyone in your business will look up to you. They expect certain things of you, and they react to how you act.
For example, if you’re lazy and don’t do anything, then what will your employees do? They’re hardly going to put 100% effort into their work if their boss doesn’t bother. As a consequence, business productivity drops. From here, your output decreases, and you struggle to make money because nobody seems to care.
By contrast, what happens if you’re an active business owner? What will your employees do if they see that you’re busting your back every single day? If they see that you work hard, walk around the office, talk to employees, encourage them, then it changes the way they react. They’re more likely to work hard because they see their boss leading by example.
It’s the simplest piece of advice I can give to a new business owner. Don’t sit back and let your team do all the work because they won’t give you 100%. Lead from the front and show an excellent work ethic – this will inspire others, and your business will benefit.
Learn Everyone’s Strengths and Weaknesses
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When you first put your team together, you’ll soon notice that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. This is the way of human life, and you have strengths and weaknesses too.
To be a good business owner, you must learn what everyone’s good at, and what they struggle with. Nobody will be 100% amazing at everything they do, it’s impossible. So, your task is to create a team environment where everyone helps one another. If someone isn’t good at something, then you have somewhere there who is good at it. It’s your job to delegate tasks to the individuals who are best suited to them. Also, you need to let everyone know what their key roles are and what they need to focus on. Then, if someone needs help with something, they can go to the employee that specializes in that area.
This is perhaps most important from your own standpoint. While you definitely need to lead by example and work hard, you shouldn’t try and take everything on. Even with extra training, there will be things that you don’t quite grasp as well as others. So, learn to accept your weaknesses and delegate certain tasks to those who can do them better than you.
Overall, you create a more synergistic business where everyone has a role to play.
Set Clear Business Goals
Finally, you need to have clear and achievable goals for your business. Not only that, but you need to ensure that your employees are on-board with them. The most successful business owners enjoy success because they have clear targets to meet. They know what they want to achieve, and they work towards specific goals.
Having these targets helps to bring structure to your company. It gives you something to measure your success by as well. For example, set a 12-month target when you open your doors for the first time. After a year, you can consult this target (or targets) and see if you met them or not. If you did, then the first year was a success. If you didn’t, then assess how close you were and why you failed.
By making your employees aware of all your goals (both short and long-term), it ensures everyone is on the same page. You all know what you need to achieve, and this influences the way that everyone works. Companies are way more productive when they have things to work towards.
All in all, the prospect of running your own business is daunting. If you’ve got no experience in this role, then it all seems very terrifying. By reading these tips, I hope you’ve gained some confidence to take with you as you embark on this challenge. Learn how to be a better business owner/leader, and you’ll find it much easier to run your company.