Natalie Lynch January 6, 2020 3 Essential Leadership Tips Most effective leaders understand the importance of growth because they realize there is always room to improve. The skills necessary for being a great leader are innumerable, with new things to learn added to that list every day. At Lynch Law, we want you to achieve success. In pursuit of this goal, we continue to add to this blog, creating a valuable resource for current and future business owners. Developing leadership skills is one of the most important aspects of running a business, as strong leadership is an essential ingredient for crafting a competitive company. While no single piece of information will turn you into an impactful leader, these three leadership tips will help get you started on the right path. 1. Establish your values immediately. Many companies create their vision, mission, and values statements as an act of checking an item off their to-do list as opposed to something with which they have a true connection. Finding your vision and mission early on will help you clarify the purpose of your business and the passion for driving it. This will make it easier when it comes time to make decisions as you can use those statements as guiding stars. Recruiting passionate people that align with your values will also be made easier. Great leaders understand the value of shared passion and connection and use those early days of their organization as an opportunity to shape a cohesive mindset and a strong culture. By establishing a vision, you give your business its own personality and character, allowing employees to become more personally invested in the company’s success. 2. Link company values to employee roles. Make sure there is a clear connection between the company’s mission and the work employees are doing. Understanding how their work contributes to the big picture helps them understand the value of their individualized work. This also allows employees to make decisions that take the end goal into account. Empowering employees with more knowledge through transparency better equips them to take on their own responsibilities. Once they realize the impact their work has on the organization and other members of the team, employees will be more cognizant of the impact of their decisions. 3. Expand your knowledge. Learning from other leaders around you will allow you to diversify your leadership toolkit while enhancing your understanding of everyone’s differences. Leaders are unique in that being a “Jack of all Trades” is extremely valuable for them in performing their roles optimally. A leader with a diverse background and knowledge of all aspects of their business will be better equipped to adapt to changes while smoothly navigating obstacles as they arise. While leaders don’t need to be expert coders to manage teams of programmers, having a basic working knowledge of how their job is done will provide you with an appreciation and understanding for their work. These types of lessons that you learn over time will continue to empower your ability to communicate with everyone around you. A true leader is never finished learning. Rolling out a system of leadership strategies can be difficult without an external expert’s perspective. Contact us at Lynch Law today for more leadership tips or to ask any legal questions you might have. Our team of strategy, HR, learning, and legal experts can help your organization develop your mission, vision and values aligned with your business strategy.