Being an excellent business leader requires more than knowledge of the industry you work in and the running of a company. Interpersonal skills, communication, and constant development are key elements and are extremely critical to becoming a successful business leader.
If you are hoping to launch an enterprise and want to start your business and professional development off in the best way, here are some habits you should consider forming and growing.
Distractions are the enemy of hard work and progress. It may be helpful to get into a habit of removing and avoiding distractions early in your career. It might help to identify what can trigger a distraction. For instance, if you find that work calls have a habit of going on for longer than is productive, set a limit or agenda to stick to. This can help you prevent calls from taking up too much time out of your day.
It may also help to ensure that your workspace is distraction-free, particularly if you work from home. Only have work-related items at your desk. You could add decorations such as plants and family photos but nothing that will divert your attention from your work for more than a minute or two.
Practice Active Listening
Strong communication skills are essential for business leaders. This includes public speaking, interpersonal skills, and good phone skills. It also can consist of good listening skills. Active listening allows you to engage properly with others and truly understand what they are communicating.
You could practice active listening by summarizing what has been said and asking for clarification if you are unsure. This is a skill that you could use in all areas of life, so you should get plenty of practice.
Know When You Work Best
It can help to know when your most productive time of the day is. For some, this might be early morning, and others may thrive after lunch. That is not to say you should only work during your most productive times of the day, but that you could consider working your daily schedule around when you will perform the best. You could schedule urgent or complex work for the times of day where your performance is at its peak.
Education should be an ongoing process for business leaders at any level. You could make a list of your strengths and weaknesses and see what kind of training you could undertake to upskill yourself. Even courses that do not directly impact your business can help to keep your mind sharp and active.
You could consider taking some courses to improve your financial skills specifically. For instance, you could look into managerial finance to improve your overall financial knowledge for the future as financial literacy can be a crucial skill for any new business leader.
Reading can help you expand your horizons and show you new ideas. You could consider reading a new book each week, whether the memoir of a successful business leader or educational material on how to improve your management style. Combined with proper formal training and education, reading extensively can help to develop you professionally and personally.
Seek Out Feedback
Feedback is one of the best ways to identify how you and your business is performing. It may help to make a habit of asking others for their thoughts. This could be about anything from the direction of the company to the minutiae of business processes. The more you ask your employees and peers for feedback, the more natural it will become, and the more honest feedback you will receive.
Leading a company can be challenging, but it can also be gratifying. It would help if you tried to get into the habit of a positive mindset which in turn helps in setting the tone for the entire company. Anyone who has worked for a stressed or aggressive boss will know that it does not make a happy, productive environment.
Understandably, you may not have a positive attitude at all times, but it can help to practice seeking out the silver linings and preventing setbacks from impacting your mood.
Disclaimer: The writer of this post isn’t an expert on mental wellbeing, and assertions made don’t necessarily represent facts. Readers should consult the relevant authorities and experts for appropriate care.
Protect Your Wellbeing
It may help to ensure that you protect your mental and physical wellbeing. It can be tempting to work all hours of the day and night when starting a business to ensure you get off the ground successfully. However, this can easily lead to burnout, so you should ensure that you get enough sleep and eat a balanced diet.
The way you work will be reflected in the way your team works, so it may be advisable to lead with example. Productivity and creativity can benefit from flexibility and wellbeing in the workplace. Show your employees that their work/life balance is essential by having a good work/life balance yourself.