How do you become a better leader when you’re already feeling burned out? When you are trying to scale your business oftentimes leadership is the last thing you consider. Business owners tend to think of logistics or the client experience first without pausing to think that the way they lead their business has a lot to do with their overall well-being. Are you starting to feel burned out? If being the captain of your ship has got you down then listen to this episode to hear tips on how to become a better leader so that you can focus your energy elsewhere.
Anyone can become a better leader
Leadership skills are important for growing your business. As you begin to hire people you’ll want to make sure that you hire the right people and keep them for as long as possible. When you have the right leadership skills you’ll be able to identify the right employees and hold on to them. You might follow business gurus and think: well, they are natural leaders. Leadership is easy for them. That may be true, but anyone can learn leadership skills. If you are scaling your business you’ll want to make sure you have the tools and skills needed to become an effective leader.
When you start to feel overwhelmed you can step back and analyze a few things. Here are 3 tips you can use to improve your management skills and become a better leader.
Know your leadership style
If you have set up your business in a way that doesn’t feel easy or congruent with your particular style then you are creating extra work and worry for yourself. Constantly going against the grain drains your energy. If you are a hands-off leader and hire people that can’t work independently you will feel constantly bothered at having to micromanage. If something in your business doesn’t play on your strengths then it’s not right for you. It is important to know your leadership style so that you can play to your strengths. You can always hire someone that can do the tasks you don’t enjoy.
Are you being realistic about what you are trying to achieve?
Think about your timing. Do you have a lot going on in your life? Is this really the best time to start a new endeavor or project? It’s important to have big goals, but be realistic about how and when you can accomplish them. Is your life set up in a way to scale your business? Remember, entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint. If you are feeling burned out or overwhelmed try stepping back. You may need an hour, a day, or even a week to recharge. Take the time to get in touch with yourself. We are least likely to give ourselves what we need whenever we need it most.
Return to your why
If you are feeling burned out by your business you might begin to question everything. This is a good time to return to why you started all of this. Why did you start your business? Why did you start your profession? Go back to the very beginning and remember what brought you here. What will you do to take action to become a better leader? Leave us a comment and let us know!
In this episode…
[1:23] It’s easy to ignore leadership when you are trying to scale your business
[5:44] Know your leadership style
[12:45] Are you being realistic about what you are trying to achieve?
[20:13] Return to your why
Resources & People Mentioned
BOOk – Profit First by Mike Michalowicz