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9 ways you can become a better leader every day

Published by Business Insider on Sun, 01 Nov 2015

Entrepreneurs are responsible for inspiring and motivating your employees to fulfill your shared mission.Doing so requires constant learning and self-improvement.While your business matures and its headcount grows, your best team members may feel the company culture has long changed from what it once was.Some may be poached by headhunters with tempting offers to work on new and exciting projects.Worse, others may find themselves hitting a plateau with their careers and skill sets.Here are nine helpful tipsto continue developing your leadership abilities whileenhancing company culture, reducing employee turnover and empowering your workers to achieve more in their personal and professional lives.SEE ALSO:Here's the No. 1 thing employees hate about their bosses1. Practice patience.When things at work or at home go awry, avoid being reactionary. Step away from the situation and take a few minutes to process what is happening.This gives you room to breathe and headspace to make an informed and calculated decision. Things tend to turn out worse when you let your emotions to get the best of you.Often, that leads to negative consequences. By practicing patience, you take a more cautious and prudent approach to decision-making. Your partners, employees and vendors will appreciate that.2. Recruit smart talent.Many say that you are the average of your five closest friends. While that may be true about your personal and social life, at work you may find yourself more like your colleagues.To surround yourself with individuals who will help develop and foster better leadership habits, hire agencies, employees or contractors who excel at what they do, even if your business does not necessarily require their support.Having them around to improve your workplace environment may be just what you need to become a more effective and more impactful leader.3. Be vulnerable.Some CEOs believe it is best to shield workers from the harsher realities of the overall business. As a result, many leaders withhold a lot of critical information that may help employees produce better work and manage their own thoughts and emotions.Though it is prudent to avoid acting out when you feel moody or vulnerable, it is valuable to share your troubles and worries with your team.Mental health is an increasingly important issue in entrepreneurship circles, so when you feel down or stressed, freely admit it. In the past, I have battled with anxiety and instead of covering it up, I acknowledge it and let others know when I am not at my best.Being open about when you are vulnerable can be a welcome relief. Many times, the people around you will be more willing to extend a helping hand too.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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