With the right guidance, those with a knack for inspiring others can continue to develop into the next level of management. The earlier you start the leadership path, the faster you can begin to scale your company. This takes more off your plate, giving you the freedom to grow the business.
So to grow that next level of C suite, you have to be willing to put the effort in. That means you'll need a program to motivate, teach, and inspire team members to learn and grow within in the company.
Whether you're looking to improve your current managers or start to foster new ones, here are three strategies to get the ball rolling:
1. Don't try to do everything yourself.
An empowering leader values the opinions of their employees, recognizing that the ideas and information they bring to the table are critical to the company's growth. Trust and a strong company culture are built by consistency.
The best leaders know that they have to let go of some responsibility in order to get the job done. Don't let your fear of losing control stop you from delegating tasks.
At my company, we like to use team brainstorm sessions to ignite creativity. Your team's performance, morale, and productivity will all increase when you start to recognize the value of your employees and begin to delegate important tasks.
My advice is to show your willingness to develop new leaders within your company by asking for employee input, encouraging feedback, and allowing them to help with decision making. The more responsibility you give your employees, the more they'll feel invested in taking charge.
2. Find inspiration for your team.
An organization is about the people, which is why making personal development a priority is so important. When your employees learn new skills, it's a win-win. Not only does it improve retention, but it also makes sure your staff is continually improving.
In addition to encouraging and supporting continued education and classes outside of the workplace, consider having employees on your team switch roles for a day. This will allow them to face new challenges and develop new skills.
I believe in keeping your team inspired. Invite them to learn new skills by bringing in thought leaders, setting up workshops, or sending them to a conference. This will not only challenge them, it will also develop your team's skill set and create more opportunity for your business.
3. Step up your networking game.
We all know what it's like to be led by someone who is cold and unapproachable. Everyone is walking on eggshells in hopes of avoiding conflict. As a result, your communication and culture start to suffer.
No one will want to become a leader in a company when they work in a broken culture. That's why leading by example becomes so important.
The simplest thing you can do is to master communication with your team. Ask questions and actively listen. Not only will this help build stronger relationships, but it will also help you discover people who have the right attributes for advancement within your company.
Your employees should feel comfortable coming to you with any questions or concerns. Likewise, it is important to be direct with employees when things come up in your business.
A good starting place is to have one-on-one sit-downs every quarter. This will allow you to connect with each employee on a personal level. You can also host fun cultural events like office happy hours, potlucks, or sports days.
Since implementing this at my own company, I've immediately seen a significant increase in meaningful relationships, which are so essential for a positive working culture. Be genuine and invest time in learning more about your team.