When it comes to great leadership, being able to instill trust and respect in your team by setting the right example is of crucial importance. Good leaders are not only inclined to "get their hands dirty" alongside their employees, but they also know how to make their teams better by sharing and teaching their own habits and experiences.
These seven entrepreneurs discuss some of the daily practices they shared with their teams to help them become more productive and focused and why every leader should follow suit.
Offering help is one of the habits that Matthew Podolsky, founder of Florida Law Advisers, P.A., practices every day and has encouraged his team to do as well: "I encourage my employees to work together as a team. I find it helpful each day to ask a different employee how I can help them. I also encourage each employee to do the same with their team members."
According to Podolsky, this practice, done every day, builds trust and fosters cooperation among team members. "Additionally, the feedback allows me an opportunity to identify areas that need improvement," he adds.
"I really make an effort to be grateful to my team and express my appreciation for all of their efforts, both big and small," says Nicole Munoz, founder and CEO of Nicole Munoz Consulting, Inc., speaking about the importance of not taking your team or co-workers for granted.
Additionally, when a leader expresses appreciation, employees are very likely to follow suit. "It's important for me to be able to help and assist my team with their development, and they gain even more enthusiasm and energy when they are appreciated," Munoz underlines.
Leaders can also share practical habits that they know from experience can greatly improve workflow and productivity. One such habit is cleaning up one's inbox every day so as to avoid communication overload, says FE International CEO Ismael Wrixen.
"We have a rule at the office: The first half hour of our working day is sifting through our inboxes. The office is usually quiet in this period. Once we have replied to any emails, and made sure nothing is left hanging from the day before, we start making noise again," says Wrixen of his team's process.
"Tracking your time can be a really enlightening exercise and can significantly boost productivity," Nextiva CMO Yaniv Masjedi chips in with his own practical daily habit.
"I started doing this years ago, and it changed how I work and how I look at downtime," Masjedi says. "I recommend doing this daily -- at least for a few months -- to see how you spend your time, and then adjusting to be more productive than ever."
Bryce Welker, CEO of Beat The CPA, tries to teach his team practices that are not only useful at work but beneficial in general: "I subscribe to the belief that the mind and body are connected -- what you do to one will affect the other. Therefore, I prioritize regular exercise in order to keep my mind sharp, which helps me solve problems and think outside the box."
Welker strongly encourages his employees to adhere to the same practice, and for that purpose, his organization typically offers to sponsor gym memberships for employees and does its best to organize outdoor work events.
Making Time to Reenergize
"Great leaders know that in order for their teams to be more productive, it's important to make time to reenergize," says Stephanie Wells, founder of Formidable Forms.
"I make sure to take breaks during the workday, not just to eat lunch, but to spend time doing something I enjoy or chat with co-workers about something besides work," Wells explains. "When your team sees that it's OK to take a few minutes to refresh, they'll follow suit."
Along the same lines, knowing how to manage stress and anxiety and teaching your employees how to do it effectively can save your business from failure, thinks eMerchantBroker co-founder Blair Thomas.
"I manage daily stressors and encourage our team to do the same. I encourage them to discuss whatever challenges they are encountering. We try to avoid complaining, but we do want the team to vent, take a break and work together to solve issues," Thomas adds.