All business owners want to see their business grow. Darren Buddemeyer, the CEO of DynaFlex, says the way to do that is to become a better leader at work.
Successful leadership at the top trickles down to create successful leaders at all company levels. From that comes happier and more productive employees who give it their all.
Ultimately, becoming a better leader at work directly affects your business’s bottom line. Here are five fascinating leadership tips that will help your business grow.
- Serve as a Role Model
“Do as I say, not as I do” is a tongue-in-cheek mantra many parents jokingly say to their children. Unfortunately, it’s one that sometimes finds its way into the workplace.
To be a good leader at work, you need to lead by example. Backing up your words with actions emphasizes the importance of what you say. It also lends credibility to your role in a powerful position and makes those around you want to follow suit.
- Create an Inclusive Environment
Business leaders shouldn’t rule as dictators. They should want others to be involved in every step of the process, including decision-making on crucial items in the business.
You’ll be doing just that by creating an inclusive work environment. By making others feel valued, you’ll encourage them to work harder for the company. When they see that you continuously want their ideas and feedback, they will feel more invested in the company’s success.
- Be Open and Transparent
As a business leader, some things need to stay behind closed doors. Not every employee at every company level should be privy to all information, of course.
That being said, it’s a bad idea to create a secretive environment in the workplace. In other words, be as open, honest, and transparent with people as you possibly can. Tell them what you can tell them, and tell them when you cannot fill them in more.
The same goes for your business partners, clients, suppliers, and colleagues. When you extend the same open and honest lines of communication with people outside your company, those within it are likely to model that behavior.
- Get to Know Your Team
Employees can quickly feel disconnected from CEOs who tuck themselves away in a corner office, only to be seen or heard when they walk through the hallways. To become a better leader, you need to get to know the people on your team.
You don’t have to drink with every one of them after hours, but you should build actual personal connections with the people working hard for your business. Understanding what motivates them in life outside the office will help you create an environment that will keep them motivated in it.
- Allow Others to Grow
Darren Buddemeyer says one of the best things you can do to become a better leader at work is to allow others to grow. You should always encourage upward movement and provide all the tools and resources necessary to make that happen.
Don’t view other people as competition. View them as essential cogs in the wheel that keeps the business running. If you do this, you’ll improve your leadership skills and help your business grow.
About Darren Buddemeyer
Darren Buddemeyer is the CEO of DynaFlex – a leader in orthodontic products, orthodontic appliances, and dental sleep medicine device manufacturing. He started with DynaFlex doing odd jobs at the age of 14, and it’s no understatement to say he took the company from humble beginnings to a powerhouse in the dental industry. Now, as the head of the company, Darren’s mission is to help doctors worldwide fulfill their mission: To enhance their patients’ smiles and quality of sleep.