However, despite the obstacles that business presents, there are actionable things you can do as a leader to overcome and continue to drive business upward.
Here are 10 leadership traits that can help sustain any business especially during slow times:
- Give credit where credit is due. It is important for leaders to acknowledge their team members, thank them for their ideas, and encourage them to keep achieving. Workers love that.
- Listening is important. Listen to your workers and to your customers. You just might find some pertinent ideas that will lead you forward.
- Communication. Keep everyone in the know to help continue progress, support unity, and prevent potential disorder.
- Try not to be trendy. Trying out the latest management style trend has a huge potential to lead you down a dead end. Choose what works and stick with it.
- Do not be afraid to show your service side. Customers and workers alike are loyal to leaders who are not afraid to step down from their high-rise desk and get their hands dirty.
- Lose the anxiety. Emotions in leaders are highly visible. Turn those negative feelings into positive ones so that they will shape your leadership character.
- Be empathic. Today’s job market has brought in more women specifically. Fine tune your leadership and management style for your entire workforce.
- Take accountability. There is a lot of integrity in defining what you want and admitting fault when you are to blame for a screw-up.
- Stay calm and levelheaded. No one likes a hot temper. When your workers are worried about your mood they do less work. Keep your emotions in check.
- Look through new eyes. Use different perspectives to see your business so that you can look for missed opportunities and new ideas.
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