Become an Influential Leader in Your Business

March 1, 2023

Becoming an influential leader is one of the most impactful things you can do for your company. Leaders' ability to inspire, motivate, and support their employees makes them great. So how do you lead from the front?

Instead of telling your employees what they should do and how they should act, leading from the front requires modeling the behavior and characteristics you want from your employees. Values trickle down from the top. For example, leading with compassion and acting with integrity builds an organization of people who do the same.

When you lead from the front, you create an environment built on vulnerability, values, trust, and resilience.

Characteristics of an influential leader

As an influential leader, you should have open communication with all your employees. You are reliable, filled with accountability and integrity. You possess a team mentality, always considering the opinions and skill sets of others to create a collaborative approach. 

And while in a leadership position, you recognize that there are always areas for improvement and seek out continuous self-growth and learning. Click here to see 13 of my top book recommendations to give you new ideas to implement in your business and personal life. 

Positive impacts on your employees

With this leadership style, employees will trust more, and feel open to providing feedback. This will allow you to address anything that could become a more significant problem and enables you to collaborate and grow. 

They will also feel inspired to try new things. When you can create an environment where employees feel safe, they will try new things without fearing making mistakes. Leading to more growth as an individual and an organization. 

Employees will have a greater sense of purpose. When employees feel like they are working together towards a common goal, they will be more energized and motivated to come to work and do their best work. 

Moreover, they will feel celebrated and valued. When you can celebrate an employee for what they contribute to the organization, they will feel like more than just an employee and a valued team member. 

Positive impacts on your organization

With this leadership style, your organization will increase productivity, retention and loyalty. Its inclusive culture will foster creativity and collaboration, leading to happier employees, more success and better results.

Tips for being an influential leader

Schedule weekly check-ins with your employees to receive feedback, oversee their workload to prevent burnout, and connect. Have an open-door policy.

Share your passions and encourage your employees to share theirs. Be transparent with your goals and vision, and work together to reach them. 

Never ask your employees to do something you wouldn’t be willing to do, be available and ready to jump in and co-create. Recognize employees for their talents and support them to grow within their expertise. 

At its core, any organization is simply the people who exist within it and the space they create. Influential leaders understand that every individual shapes the overall culture, and when they can come together, they can strive for something greater. While learning to lead from the front is a skill that takes practice to develop, it is well worth the effort.

For additional tips to grow as an influential leader in your business, follow our social media or contact me for a complimentary consultation. 

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