Earlier this month, we posted a particularly meaningful meme to our Twitter account. (Be sure to follow us, if you don’t already, by the way!) The meme reads as follows: LEADERSHIP is not a POSITION or a TITLE, it is ACTION and EXAMPLE. It’s so important for business owners to take these words to heart. Simply being the owner of a business doesn’t make you a leader. By definition, a leader is someone with the capacity to encourage others to follow.

Your team of employees depends on you to lead the way to its successes and the success of the company overall. This requires you to take ACTION and lead by EXAMPLE. It certainly doesn’t entail barking orders and demanding results. Your ability to truly connect with the members of your team is what makes you an effective leader.

Leading by example is integral to your company’s success.

“But he did it first!” Remember when we were children and would exclaim such excuses to our parents when getting caught doing something we shouldn’t have been doing? Such attempts at escaping punishment would often be met with being told not to copy the actions of our friends. How ironic is it that, in the world of business, a little “monkey see, monkey do” isn’t all that bad a thing? True leaders demonstrate what they want from their teams by being able to do it themselves.

“A good leader is one who leads by example and does what they expect everyone else to do,” agrees Abhi Golhar on Inc.com, “If you expect your team to be hard workers, then you should be a hard worker too. By practicing what you preach, you earn the respect and loyalty of your team, and before long, you’ll see that they’re following your example.”

Being an effective communicator is key.

When you speak, you should also listen. Having two-way conversations is the ideal way to grow the confidence in your staff members that they are valued members of your organization. Take everything you hear into consideration and be sure to implement any necessary changes based on the feedback you receive. In addition, it’s wise to ensure everything you say is understood.

On Forbes.com, Dionne Mahaffey stresses that good leaders don’t take anything for granted. “Don’t hesitate to repeat yourself to make a point,” she advises, “Always ask your team members if they have any questions or comments. Wait five-to-10 seconds before moving on in order to give your team time to process the information and formulate responses.”

It’s important to take responsibility for your actions.

Saying sorry goes a very long way. You may be the company’s head honcho, but you’re not perfect. You’re human, and that’s okay! When you are able to demonstrate an ability to take responsibility for your missteps and work to correct them, you’ll gain a huge deal of respect from your employees. At the same time, when your team messes up, it’s on you to shoulder some of the blame as well. Taking those proverbial bullets will work wonders in unifying your staff.

“Instead of pointing fingers and playing the blame game when things go wrong, a good leader takes responsibility for the team’s actions and their consequences,” says Golhar, “By being willing to take responsibility, you prove that you’re worthy of trust and respect.”

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