Don’t drop kick your staff or anything, but a great leader is stealthy like ninja. They are there and gone before you know it, and you may not even realize they have been there. The effects of a great leader are plain to see however. Lao Tzu summed it up best in this quote:
“A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say “We did it ourselves.“
What does that look like practically in the everyday business world?
Inspiration by Example
You may not have to say a single word to get the results you want. Leading by example is a time-tested strategy that really does work, most of the time. If you want to inspire greatness, aspire to greatness yourself.
Sometimes more of a nudge is needed, but there is no need to scream with a megaphone in their face. If you want your store manager to keep the place tidy and keep better control of the schedule, model this in your work. If that doesn’t quite do it, subtly and casually comment that maybe a tweak in the schedule would keep things running more smoothly.
Guidance that is Powerful, yet Gentle
Some leaders can do this, some cannot. It is a true gift and it is not easy, though great leaders make it look easy. The ability to be firm about you want done without overpowering is almost a super power. The key is practicing it on the front end so those you are leading know what is expected from the beginning, then the examples and suggestions should be more effective.
The most important thing Lao Tzu is trying to say is that good leaders do not take, nor do they want, all of the credit. They simply want the business to succeed. This also means they are willing to ask for help if it will be more efficient and effective. When it comes to small business financing, Biz2Credit could be just the help that is needed. We have a network of over 1,300 lenders that we can work with to match businesses with just the right one for their needs. Visit Biz2Credit.com today for more information.