Every business owner is a leader. As a leader you must motivate your team to consistently perform while instilling a desire to improve for your business' sake. This can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be especially when you do things the right way. Try these tips that can help you lead your employees appropriately and reduce staff turnover.
Take the time to learn how to effectively communicate with each of your employees. Barking orders and instilling fear in people are the common techniques most managers use to achieve management success. These strategies might for some time in the long run your employees won't be motivated - making them think about leaving your company. Some may require firmer directives, while others may respond best to a soft tone and respectful requests. Don't expect every employee to conform to yours; adjust your management style to each of them.
Accept responsibility. Own your mistakes. Don't be tempted to pass the blame onto employees for your mistakes. You will lose credibility and your staff's trust in you. Then, proactively correct your mistakes and ensure that they don't happen again.
Deal with confrontations. Whether it's confronting lagging performance or inter-office disputes, it's up to you to set limits and maintain a harmonious working environment.
Praise and reward accordingly. Acknowledge all who had a hand in the success. Nothing motivates like praise and rewards. You can take the top-performing employees to dinner or to a sporting event. Building this kind of rapport can reap huge rewards for building momentum and loyalty.
Leads by example. Sets the pace in your workplace through your expectations and behavior. Provides recognition when others do the same. Make your employees know that you are the real deal because she says and does the same thing. Create an environment in which people experience positive morale and recognition and employees are motivated to work hard for the success of the business.