“7 Ways To Improve Small Business Leadership” 

Small Business Coaching - Must-have Leader Qualities


Small business leadership doesn’t have to be esoteric. And it doesn’t have to follow big companies. It can be simple. One Houston small business owner did not want to invest at all in leadership. He wanted no part in it–even at the cost of improving his business. 

He said: “I know how big companies waste tons of money on vague ideas that no one gets. They brand it leadership training. And I’ve been through the grind. I’m so happy to be a small business owner now. I don’t have to deal with that any more.”

Here are 7 traits for your emerging leaders to improve their influence on the business. And it’s easy to grasp.

1) Recognize How People Decide And Work In Groups

Know your people. Talk to them and know their concerns. Show how the company performed, have a practical view of the market. 

Listen to your people to sense what culture drives them. When people aren't asking about incentives, something isn't working. 

Question if people are in jobs for too long. Bring fresh ideas to drive the business and help people decide.

2) Develop Practical View Of Self And The Firm

For business success each year, study the competition. Ask the right questions. 

Have you increased relative market share for products? How does our performance rank against their increase? Are new competitors now in our market space? Talk to people. Engage, learn, help people decide and act.

3) Improve Results Using Top 3 Goals

Using just 3 goals makes tasks clearer. Keep business message simple so people can break them down and do them in order. 

Don’t just give people actions and leave them. 

Engage, guide and inspire people. And paint their success story for all. Then reward the heroes who made it happen.

4) Follow Through On Programs

Make sure you let your team know you’re serious about your new plans for the business. Assign actions according to your team’s skills. Make it clear what you expect and when.

Your team will thank you and work diligently towards common goals.

5) Reward People On Performance

Connect pay to results you expect in the business. Do it early so people know how their work affects overall results. 

Don’t dodge giving people bonuses, if their work produced positive results. And you’ll end keeping your people loyal. And you’ll keep them far enough from your competitors.

6) Coach People So They Reach Their Full Potential

Make time to coach your teams so they compete better. Spend 25 to 40% of your time coaching people. Keep your doors open to new conversations. Lasting leaders excel as teachers.

7) Understand Own Strengths And Weaknesses

Take an assessment. Be aware of your own strengths and weaknesses. Develop emotional courage to tell someone what you think of his or her work. 

Be humble. People will forgive you for your mistakes if you admit early. And you’ll become the respected leader you always cared to be.

Written by Suresh Iyengar, P.E., President, Business Unit Execution LLC––“Explosive Business Coaching Houston Results For Small Business”. Want even faster results? Are you ready to discover how? Call 281.410.5375 and speak to your Profitability Coach Houston

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