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Small Business Owners need to be 1st Class Team Leaders!!
Technically the people who work for you are employees.
I much prefer to think of them as team members.
As a business owner, technically you are the employer.
I much prefer to think of you as the team leader.
In my consultancy work I have found that poor team leaders are fairly common amongst small business owners. A poor team leader does not help their team members give of their best. In this situation team members donít get much encouragement to be interested in what they do from day-to-day; they donít get a chance to use their accumulated knowledge and experience; no one seems to be interested in what they think, little own how they feel. Sad to say, I do actually come across this (a bit more often than I would like).
The good news - It isnít too hard to become a 1st Class Team Leader. If you would like to be a 1st Class Team Leader review these points and use any point that may be helpful.
Hereís some ideas that can help poor leaders turn their destructive reactions into constructive actions:
1.Donít Criticize. Sure, every human being can be wrong!
Instead of being critical, commend the person on their efforts and explain that although the action/idea has merit, in this case it doesnít seem to fit in with what you had in mind. You can also point out that in another situation it might be just the right thing. Your team will appreciate your behaviour and happily go onto the next task.
2.Donít Blame. Sure, someone made an error!
Instead of blaming that someone for their error look at why that error was made. De-personalise it from the person to the task. Think about whether they had the right information, the right direction, the right tools, a proper understanding of what was wanted. Think about whether or not this team member was actually capable of doing the task. Donít accuse them of being responsible for the error, ask them what happened that caused the error. Handling a problem this way allows people to learn from an error, without being accused of it being their fault. The team member will appreciate the opportunity to learn and your understanding of their need to learn.
3.Donít shut them down. Sure, you might be busy right now!..
When you shut some one down youíre are really saying to them Ė you are not important. A team member doesnít necessarily know when you are too busy to talk to them or deal with their query. Instead of saying something like - Iím too busy or instead just ignore them, do something constructive. All you need to do is acknowledge them and say something like Ė I canít stop right now but give me until 1:00 and Iíll call past your desk. OR, Iíll made a time with you, come to my office at 1:00. Do we need more than 10 minutes? Check for urgency though because if itís really urgent for the team member, then itís probably urgent for you (or his supervisor) and should be dealt with straight away. This way no damage is done to either party. The team member happily moves on with their work, knowing their concern will be addressed soon.
4.Donít shout. Sure, you might feel angry!
Shouting in the workplace is not a very effective way to communicate. Itís not the ball park where shouting is OK. Most people, in fact Iím sure all people, react negatively to being shouted at while they work. Itís better to say nothing than to shout. If you are justifiably angry find a way to cool off before you say anything. Come back when youíve cooled down and deal with the situation sensibly. Keep negative forces out of your workplace and benefit everyone by demonstrating and experiencing positive behaviour.
5.Donít be rude. Sure, you may feel they donít deserve you!
This is simple. No one has the right to be rude to someone else. Never be rude and you will earn their respect, without even trying.
When you are a 1st Class Team Leader of your small business you can never learn too much about the best way to empower your employees. It is an ongoing and developing process. Every leader who is a business owner you wants to have a responsive and productive team and you can if you avoid the pit falls like those above.
Be honest with yourself and think through these 5 Top Ways to Empower your Employees. Take advantage of FREE online business educations and maximise your Operational Risk Management training.
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Elaine Masters is a qualified business coach of successful small business owners who want the best business possible. Business knowledge and experience for hungry minds. Find what successful business owners know and others should learn to be successful. http://www.businesscoachingsite.com