Refining your leadership skills

14 December 2018 | Columns

As a small business owner, it's crucial to be a confident and effective leader, as this will establish your credibility in the eyes of your employees, the people you do business with and in your relevancy in the industry as a whole.

This is according to Gerschwyne van Wyk, country manager at Business Partners International, who says that very few people are born leaders, and in trying times, even the strongest of leaders sometimes struggle to present a brave face and lead successfully.

“Fortunately, leadership is a trait that can be learnt and refined as the entrepreneur’s experience of running a business deepens. After all, running a manager-owned business warrants both an aptitude for leadership and a willingness to learn,” he adds.

Van Wyk shares some tips to assist small business owners to boost their leadership skills.

Know your strengths, acknowledge your talents

Firstly, take the time to refine your leadership skills. When leading a company, it is important for a small business owner to work with their strengths and improve on weaknesses in order to boost their confidence. Remember: Don’t waste time worrying about what you can’t do and focus on what you can do.

Leave your comfort zone

Don’t allow fear to prevent you from reaching your full potential. When a business owner is complacent, it can filter down to the staff and impact the business’s performance.

Build trust and use your influence

Your role as a leader gives you the power to inspire and provide guidance. It is important to invest time to familiarise yourself with your employees, with the view to build trust and to know how to use your influence to get things done in order to increase productivity and effectiveness.

Be innovative

Don’t let obstacles get in the way of your success. Don’t be afraid to tackle problems head-on and be creative about finding solutions. This is something that should come naturally for entrepreneurs, as many of them are innovators, having recognised a trend in an industry or identified a shortcoming, and then proactively created a solution to capitalise on a demand or overcome the problem at hand.

Get a mentor

To further improve your leadership skills, small business owners may feel that they need outside help. Getting a mentor who has a proven track record of being a good leader can be done by identifying the traits you would like to build within yourself, and asking your mentor to help you. Mentors provide ongoing counselling and support, based on experience, knowledge, skills and wisdom.



Hone in on people skills

The need for an entrepreneur to have good communication and people skills cannot be overlooked. Assertiveness, approachability, conflict resolution skills etc. all go a long way in effectively managing employees, service providers and customers.

“It’s important that a small business owner realises that how the business and employees are managed, is one of the biggest contributing factors to a company’s success. As such, if the owner’s leadership skills are lacking, it is imperative to take appropriate action to improve these skills.

“However, determination, risk-taking, vision and the ‘readiness to do whatever it takes to realise the vision’ are all important character traits of an entrepreneur, and the solid foundation for strong leadership in a small business owner should not be underestimated,” Van Wyk added.

Similar News

 

The weight of expectation

2 days ago - 18 June 2019 | Columns

A huge weight of expectation will undoubtedly rest on political leaders vying for office later this year. While there is a sense that the current...

It’s not that serious!

2 days ago - 18 June 2019 | Columns

Ester KamatiThis may be a worn-out topic but the need to talk about it is quite strong. Lately romantic relationships among youth have simply become...

Where will the buck stop?

3 days ago - 17 June 2019 | Columns

Amid the outpouring of anger and grief linked to the senseless killing of taxi driver Talent Fambaune last week during Operation Kalahari Desert lies a...

Horrific, but inevitable

6 days ago - 14 June 2019 | Columns

Incidences of assaults by military personnel on civilians have been widely reported in the mainstream media and on social media over the last couple of...

Let's talk hip-hop

6 days ago - 14 June 2019 | Columns

I remember mockingly being called a ‘n*gga’ in my location for my dress code, choice of music and how I chose to carry myself.Today I...

Our job losses monster

1 week ago - 13 June 2019 | Columns

The unemployment problem is a very serious crisis that demands immediate attention. It is somewhat bewildering that despite the urgency of this problem and its...

Our national embarrassment

1 week ago - 12 June 2019 | Columns

Our national airline is once again back in the limelight and hogging the headlines for all the wrong reasons. News first broke on Monday that...

A step in the right direction

1 week ago - 11 June 2019 | Columns

Octavia TsibesAs weird as it may seem, many people do not think of it in that way. Sometimes it might seem easier to just pick...

Ending the era of impunity

1 week ago - 07 June 2019 | Columns

Earlier this week Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, in her capacity as leader of the civil service, held her usual engagement with executive directors and other...

More sponsorship

1 week ago - 07 June 2019 | Columns

Heads up! Namibian music has evolved and is massive these days compared to how it used to be in the past. We get to hear...

Latest News

Katjavivi breaks silence on Nust

11 hours ago | Education

The turmoil at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) has taken another turn with the university's chancellor and National Assembly speaker, Dr Peter...

Ndeitunga flaunts Kalahari successes

11 hours ago | Crime

Police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga has flaunted the successes of Operation Kalahari Desert, saying 871 suspects have been arrested including for murder, attempted murder, rape, serious...

Oncologist tusk case postponed

11 hours ago | Justice

The matter involving renowned Windhoek oncologist Dr Thomas John Brown van Wyk, who was arrested for the alleged illegal possession of three elephant tusks, has...

Killing dreams

11 hours ago | Opinion

The school sport fraternity has rightfully greeted the news that there will be no government financial assistance when it comes to international participation with a...

Congo general awarded N$12m settlement

11 hours ago | Justice

Congolese general Francois Olenga was awarded a settlement of US$850 000 (N$12 350 500 at yesterday's exchange rate) by the High Court of Namibia on...

Fresh water could turn hepatitis...

11 hours ago | Health

Unless the lack of clean running water and toilets within informal settlements is tackled urgently, the 19-month tide of hepatitis E infections across the country...

Namibia on its way to...

11 hours ago | Fishing

STAFF REPORTER The first public consultative meeting of the inter-ministerial blue economy committee will take place today. The meeting will be take place at the...

Union, MMI cement relationship

11 hours ago | Labour

MMI Holdings Limited (MMI) yesterday formally recognised the Namibian Bank Workers Union (NBWU) through the signing of a recognition agreement. MMI Holdings Namibia interim group...

Schools no place for political...

11 hours ago | Education

The education executive director Sanet Steenkamp has called on the public to refrain from using schools for gatherings, campaigns and fundraising activities for political gain.In...

Load More