In order to understand how to be an effective leader, you must be compassionate to the human condition. Effective leaders are understanding and patient; yet do not allow themselves or their team to compromise on the very things that make a business successful. As a leader, you are never above your team. Instead, you are beside them, willing to dig in the trenches alongside them. At the same time, they clearly look to you as a team leader. You help them to focus on their own growth, because that benefits the success of your business.
Action Step: Reaffirm you are a team – and operate as a team. At the next team meeting, ask for their feedback. What’s working? What’s not working? Listen first, offer solutions second. Involve them in the solution process by asking for possible solutions to problems. If you ask for their opinion, you must be dedicated to helping resolve issues.
Understandably, most businesses are focused on nurturing the relationships with their clients, but running a successful business is also dependent on effective management and leadership skills. If your employees aren’t functioning to the best of their abilities, your business won’t be either. So, ask yourself, are you an effective team leader?
Do you lead by example?
One of the best ways to fully understand how to become an effective leader is leading by example. You’re not entitled to talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk. If you expect your team to work diligently to meet a goal, you must do so yourself. If you expect your team to dress in certain attire each day, you must do so yourself. And, if you expect your team to constantly improve their productivity, share your secrets for continuous personal and professional improvement.
If you’re not sure how to do these things yourself, don’t expect your team to fully grasp the importance of productivity. An admirable trait of effective team leaders is that they’re constantly improving themselves so they can pass their new found knowledge onto their team. You are an effective leader if you can identify this trait in your own business practice.
Action Step: If you are not leading by example, then change your actions immediately. How can you expect your team to follow your golden rules if you do not follow them yourself? Think about that. Make adjustments that help support this concept and take your business to the next level.
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With the goals you have in mind, how can you achieve them if you are not using your time and resources effectively? Take these action steps to heart:
- You must take action now, today!
- Selling doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Hire the right people to do it for you. And always have an online and offline marketing plan designed by someone (or a firm) that has a proven track record for results.
- You cannot build your business doing $10 or $20 an hour jobs. Delegate easy tasks to an employee or VA (virtual assistant).
- The wealthy don’t get rich by not spending money; however, they do spend it wisely. Pay attention to things that deliver the benefits and results you need to grow your business – and invest in those; pass up the things that are not in line with growing your business. Quit looking at how much it pays – what does it deliver? And does that benefit get you closer to where you want to be?
As a business owner, it’s imperative you focus your energy on completing actions that drive your success. When you spend your workday procrastinating or refusing to delegate low-priority tasks, you are losing money as well as preventing your business from growing.
Understand What Your Time Worth
What do you consider to be valuable tasks for your business? How about building your client base, completing client projects, and/or promoting your business? These are all important factors and you should be focusing all of your energy into fulfilling these tasks in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Completing these tasks will lead to increased revenue, satisfied clients, and attract the attention of more clients. Actions that increase your profits substantially are in-arguably effective actions that drive your success.
If you’re currently a one-person show, completing all of these tasks on your own is not practical. If you also take care of administrative tasks such as answering phones, replying to emails and bookkeeping, you are seriously hindering the growth of your business. Individually, these tasks may seem like quick and simple tasks to accomplish, but if you take a step back and look at the big picture, you’ll discover that these “quick and simple” tasks actually eat up countless hours of your time, decreasing your productivity – and success. You probably already knew this.
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First, look at delegation of tasks to someone as an investment and not an expense. If your current earnings as a business are only covering your business overhead and your personal expenses and not much else, unfortunately, you’re not in the ideal financial situation to delegate tasks. However, sometimes it takes delegating to increase your revenue. Consider the investment in a person or people and do your best to find a way to make it work as soon as possible – for the sake of your business.
You have two options: hire an in-house assistant or enlist the services of a virtual assistant. Though having an in-house assistant may be convenient, keep in mind that you must pay employer taxes and might have to provide benefit packages in order to attract quality candidates. However, hiring a virtual assistant can be far more cost efficient. Not only are you free from paying taxes on their income, you can hire them for less money. Hiring a virtual assistant with experience can get more work done faster, in some cases, than an in-house or permanent assistant.
Finding a part time virtual assistant online is easily done and can cost as little as $10 per hour. One word of caution: you get what you pay for. Look for virtual assistants with experience or are members of a well-respected organization, such as the International Association of Virtual Assistants. An experienced virtual assistant with a solid reputation will usually cost a minimum of $20 per hour and as much as $70 per hour.
Implementing the art of delegation to your current business model can lead to an increase in business and an immense decrease in stress for you. Delegation for business owners is the single most efficient way to run your business without having to spread yourself thin. You don’t need to hire an army worth of employees or contractors, just delegate the tasks that are hindering you from increasing your revenue! Do what you do best and let someone else do the rest.
So many people I work with hold on to way too many activities that stop them from doing their highest pay-off activities that will put them in the highest probability position to achieve their goals.
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Think delegate when you are doing everything that you do and it will make you more productive and help you generate more revenue and even have more time off to do what you want to do.
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You may have a background in web design, and be capable of completing the task, but it’s worth it to delegate. A professional website designer will get the job done right, in a timely manner, and make your website look professional while you can focus on growing your client list.
Questions to Ask Yourself
• Does delegating make sense for me to grow my business?
• Does my business have the revenue to delegate? If not now, when?
• How much time am I spending on tasks that are slowing my growth?
• What should I look for in employees/contractors?
• How would I feel to not have to do administrative tasks or things that don’t directly relate to generating revenue and growing my business?
Big-name businesses didn’t get to the point they are at today by the owners or executives doing everything themselves. They implemented the art of delegation when the time became necessary to take their business to the next level. Delegation for business owners is the ideal way to grow your business without having to take on more responsibility and sacrifice your personal time with your family. The bottom line is that delegation always makes sense.
Common Tasks to Quickly and Easily Delegate so you can focus on your highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your goals.
• Answering Phones/Returning phone calls
• Sending/returning emails
• Performing research
• Scheduling appointments
• Website design and maintenance
• Some aspects of marketing
• Writing articles and blogs
Generally speaking, administrative tasks should always be delegated to an assistant. While answering the phone and responding to emails is important, your focus should be on the tasks that directly increase the growth of your business. For instance, your energy should be focused on conducting seminars, creating new products or services, networking, meeting clients and prospects in person, talking to strategic alliances or centers of influence, expanding into new markets, etc.
The common tasks mentioned in the above category should not require your attention. Hire an employee or virtual assistant to take full responsibility for their maintenance. These sample tasks are simple tasks that almost anyone can do, but other tasks that require a specific skill set should also be delegated to experienced professionals.