6 Ways to be a Better Leader at Work
For the Busy Startup Founder
When you are the founder of a startup, there is no one to help you lead your team. You have to do everything by yourself.
How can you be a great leader at work? This article will show you how to be a great leader at work.
1. Be Honest With Your Team Members
One of the things that you should do as a great leader is being honest with your team members. The more people around you know what’s going on, the better it is for them to make decisions and feel comfortable with their roles in the company.
When they feel comfortable, they will perform better and become loyal team members. When people around you are confident in their positions, they will be able to communicate more openly with each other, which can improve their productivity and creativity.
2. Communicate With Your Team Members As Much As Possible
As mentioned above, communication is one of the most important things for great leaders.
It is a common misconception that communication only means you talk to your team members about work-related issues. Communication also means you spend time with your team members outside of work.
What if you don’t have much time to communicate with your team members? Then it is better for you to delegate responsibilities and delegate some work to other people on your team.
By doing this, you will be able to focus on other important things and spend more time communicating with your team members.
3. Lead By Example
One of the best ways to be a great leader at work is leading by example. As a startup founder, the rest of the team will follow what you do.
If they see that you are hardworking, then they will also be hardworking; if they see that you always make mistakes, then they will also make mistakes;
if they see that you always improve yourself, then they will also improve themselves;
if they see that you are confident in everything that you do, then they will also become confident in everything that they do;
if they see that all of your decisions are correct, then their decisions will also be correct;
if people around them know what’s going on in the company because of how open and honest you are with them, then their work will improve as well.
When everyone on your team does everything right and works hard every day, it is easy for the company to grow big and successful!
4. Hire The Right People For Your Team And Delegate Responsibilities
The most important thing for any startup founder is hiring talented people for your team. If there aren’t any talented people around you, you can’t achieve anything meaningful.
This doesn’t mean hiring only young people who have no experience at all. It means hiring those who are not only smart but also hard working and passionate about their jobs.
Don’t worry about their experience level because there are always ways for them to get better through practice.
And once again: hire those who can perform tasks properly! This may sound easy but it isn’t easy at all!
The second thing that you should do as a great leader is delegating responsibilities to your team members properly.
If you don’t delegate responsibilities to your team members properly, they will not perform well. When people on your team don’t perform well, they won’t be able to grow with the company.
In addition, if you delegate responsibilities to your team members improperly, it will make them feel confused and frustrated. In this case, they will quit their jobs. Or if they stay in the company, they will not perform well.
To avoid all of these problems, there are two things that you should do: define roles for each person in your team and let them know what their roles are; communicate with them as much as possible about their roles so that they know what their roles are.
5. Let Your Team Members Do What They Are Good At
This is a very important thing for any startup founder to do! As a startup founder, you can’t do everything by yourself! So let your team members do what they are good at.
What if your team members don’t know what they are good at? Then you should spend time with them and find out what they are good at.
Once you know what they are good at, let them do it. It is also a good idea to hire people who have some experience in their fields. This will help you find out what they are good at more easily.
6. Let Your Team Members Take Responsibility For Their Decisions And Actions
If your team members can take responsibility for their decisions and actions, then they will perform better because of the freedom that comes with taking responsibility for their decisions and actions.
If people on your team feel free to make decisions, then it is easy for them to take responsibility for their decisions and actions as well. When people on your team take responsibility for their decisions and actions, it will make them feel confident in everything that they do, which will make them perform better.
About the Author
I am the Founder of Cudy Technologies (www.cudy.co), a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students teach and learn better. I am also a mentor and angel investor in other Startups of my other interests (Proptech, Fintech, HRtech, Ride-hailing, C2C marketplaces and SaaS). You can also find me on Cudy for early-stage Startup Founder mentorship and advice.
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