High growth businesses need dynamic leadership. The culture of a business comes from its leaders. If the leader has a clear vision, sense of purpose, is a good communicator, motivates the team, celebrates success, is visible and is continually learning then this will permeate throughout the business.
This article is designed to help you review whether you are a dynamic leader and put in place actions to help you grow your business.
Consider the following questions.
- Does your business have a sense of purpose? What is it? Do you have bigger goals other than to make a profit? Do they provide your team with a sense of purpose?
- Do you have clear objectives of what you want your turnover and profit to be in 3 year’s time?
- Have you shared your longer term objectives with your team (these can be 12 months as they will be more tangible to your team)?
- Have you got objectives that must be achieved in the next 3 months?
- Have you shared your short term objectives with your team?
- Walk round your business. Is every area a nice place to work? Does everybody have access to a kitchen? Is it clean and free from clutter? Do the toilets work and are they kept clean? The ultimate test, is would you work there?
- Do you celebrate success towards your business goals with low cost activities (free lunch, ice creams etc)?
- Are you visible and accessible to your team and the organisation as a whole? Do spend time simply walking round the business and asking how things are going?
- Do you find time to learn? Do you allow your employees to learn as part of their job? Do you and your team learn from mistakes made or failures? Does your business embed the learning in the way it does things?
When you have considered the questions, work though each of them and write down your answers and create an action plan.
Your action plan should include, what, who is responsible and by when for the following:
- Sense of Purpose or Values.
- 3 year business objectives (Turnover, Profit, Product/Services, Target Markets).
- 12 month objectives for sharing with the employees.
- 3 month objectives for what needs to be done first.
- A review and improvement plan (if required) for the amenities in the work place.
- Communicate achievable targets with the team and what would trigger a low-cost celebration.
- Spend time away from your desk with your team.
- Review of how people and your business learn including how you learn from mistakes or failures.
This article is part of a larger project to help business owners and managers understand what it takes to grow your business successfully.