Did you catch the first part of this series that we kicked off with the best leadership advice a number of industry leaders had ever heard? (If not, find part one here)
More of the Best Leadership Advice
But now, we’re back with even more leadership insights and advice you won’t want to miss!
“The best piece of advice on leadership I ever got was to prioritize people and their wellbeing. Business growth and performance directly depend on employees and it’s impossible to have a successful company if workers are not happy. As a young business owner, I know how tempting it is to try and scale up a business quickly. You feel that success is around the corner and you want to achieve it as soon as possible. However, these sudden changes often impact people and create additional pressure or simply shift focus from their needs. So far, I managed to resist these opportunities and work on building relationships with my workers. In return, they worked really hard and together we managed to scale up our company, thus exceeding our own expectations.” — Malte Scholz, CEO and CPO of Airfocus
Leading with kindness
“Leading with kindness is the best leadership advice that I have received. This was particularly impactful in those uncertain times, where people were affected by the pandemic. In a fully remote working environment, where communication is scarce, kindness becomes a critical leadership characteristic. I have continuously embraced this advice, and instead of answering an email with yes or no, I take the time to greet further and ask about my team. Seems common-sense? With hectic schedules, leaders sometimes get overwhelmed and do not consider a more human leadership. I ensure that I ask my team members: How are you ? and really mean it. I stay attentive to their emotional state and their feelings.” — Magda Chelly, Responsible Cyber Pte. Ltd.
Consider criticism carefully
“People in leadership positions are often in the limelight. And as a result, they may receive more criticism than others. However, one of the best pieces of advice I ever received was not to take criticism from those I wouldn’t go to for advice!
This one liner just reminds you that you shouldn’t take everything to heart. Sometimes, people are just unjustly criticising you in an attempt to bring you down. While criticism is essential to ensure personal and professional growth, it is important to note where the criticism is coming from as that may stunt your growth as well. Excessively fretting over the criticisms of those that don’t have your or your company’s best interest at heart is only going to waste precious time that could be channelled towards growth.” — Patti Naiser, CEO, Senior Home Transitions
Focus on your employees first
“The best leadership advice I ever received was to focus on your employees first. Employees crave support, stability, and organization. Most employees appreciate having a relationship of mutual benefit with their employer. To establish this, you can employ a system that will provide employees with a feeling that they are in fact appreciated and cherished. Whether that be wellness care, bonuses, food, paid time off, etc. Give them something they can value for their personal lives and they are likely to happily continue working under your leadership.
You also want to remain organized and in control where the job is concerned. A big morale killer for employees can be a lack of stable leadership and order. Work closely on the details of your operations so employees are never stressed or feel that taking on the job is a burden. Being organized always starts with apt communication. Clearly delegating tasks, issues, and solutions makes a leader trustworthy and reliable; employees naturally will follow this energy in their workplace.” — Kevin Miller, SEO Expert, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor
The importance of empathy
“In terms of leadership advice, I’ve always been taught the value of empathy. One way I try to be empathetic as an employer is by not sending out last minute emails to my employees. It’s always better for me to give them some advance notice or send it earlier in the day so that they have time to prepare. This is something that may seem like a small thing, but it can mean a lot to people who are feeling stressed out by their workload and trying to balance work and home life.
As a manager, it’s important to be empathetic toward my employees because they often experience stress and anxiety that stems from the pressures of work. I like to share articles with them about how to manage daily stressors and create boundaries between work and home life. This is something we can do for each other as co-workers; we see how hard everyone else works and want to take care of one another in return.
In addition, we put empathy into practice at work by creating a high standard for hiring and always making sure that our employees feel empowered to voice their opinions. When we see something that isn’t working well, we address it immediately before it becomes a bigger issue. We also try to ensure that the people who are affected by certain decisions will be involved in making them.” — Matt Weber, Owner and Founder of Weber & Co.
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