How to be a Leader, Not a Manager

Small business owners most likely play many roles in the company. Unless you are the only one in your business, one of your most important roles is leading a team.


Many people may not have the natural ability to lead a team. Gaining respect and trust of your team members is key to your company’s overall success and productivity. Trust will go a long way with your team members. It will also have a positive and lasting impact on your team members’ work ethic and experience. There are three C’s that can be used to become a leader at work and garner strong results from your team members. Below are a few tips on how to be a leader, not a follower.




Everyone has of course heard of the term, communication is key. Well, that’s because it most definitely is. It is important to sit down with your team as often as you possibly and ask them for the good, bad, and ugly. Actively listen to each team member and ask questions. This should be a open conversation comfortable enough for your team to speak their mind. A true leader should be transparent in their intentions and decision making for the company and the individual team members. Take these conversations with your team as an opportunity to learn from your team. This can help build an open line of communication and establish trust with your team.




To be an effective leader you must have confidence in yourself as a leader and as an individual altogether. Tell your team to show you what they are going to do instead of telling them what you need them to do. This is a great opportunity to showcase the skills they already possess. It is important to help your team develop confidence in their own skills. You never know, some of the team may just be running the company into the future. Encourage and boost confidence in your team by reminding them that no idea is too outrageous to consider.




Be committed to your team just as much as they are committed to you. This can be accomplished with a constant stream of communication and mutual respect, then commitment will come naturally. Be open to different ways of working with staff by not placing rigid expectations on them. Try to be flexible with schedules when possible. Commitment means trusting your team to do their jobs well and get results.  

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