Becoming a Better Leader

Entrepreneurs are responsible for many things, and one of their responsibilities includes building a great team of employees.  If you want to be successful in this, then you need to be able to empathize with your employees and put yourself in their shoes.

It can prove to be difficult to gain awareness about ourselves and our employees.  Power can make it even more difficult.  We will usually pay more attention to the people that are above us, instead of those that are under us.

Here are a few things that you can do to help you become a better leader:

  • Review your own behavior.  If you want to learn more about the way that others behave, then you will want to take a look at your own behavior.  You can start by recording a meeting that you take part in.  Then, listen to it after it is over.  Many times people see themselves in a different light when they do this.
  • Take the time to listen.  Most of the best leaders will realize that each and every person is unique.  If you want to understand these differences, you must take the time to notice them and listen to them.  Instead of talking nonstop, take the time to be quite and actually observe your team members.
  • Trust your colleagues.  If you are not really the most empathetic person, then you might want to get the help of a trusted colleague.  They can help you to learn more about the people in your company.  They can help you gain a better understanding, and give you some feedback regarding the way that you behave.  It’s a great way to get a second set of eyes and ears helping you out.
  • Empathy isn’t the same thing as being nice.  Some of the best leaders have a lot of empathy, but at the wrong place and time.  A good example of someone that was empathetic when necessary was Steve Jobs.  He was definitely controlling and harsh at times, but he knew how to be in touch with his employees and help them to become more successful.