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For a business to succeed, it is important to be a good leader. Here are some tips to help you be a leader in your business and to your employees.

To achieve growth it will be necessary to attend to a number of key issues:

1. Stand back from the day-to-day running of the business and discuss growth moves with one or more ‘quality thinkers’.

2. Organise research to confirm the levels of opportunity you have seen.

3. Make a plan for growth that is realistic and achievable, in terms of numbers and time involvement.

4. Take calculated risks. Growth cannot be realised except through foresight, planning, flexibility and determination to succeed.

5. Prepare to put in more total effort so as to ensure short term results stay healthy, while planning for new moves.

6. Think big! Aiming at an export market helps improve your business practices.

7. Have an objective person comment on business management and practice.

8. Engage a mentor or advisor to help take you to the next level.

Quick tips for getting organised

9. Look after yourself first.

10. Clean out the clutter.

11. Have a supportive work environment.

12. Use a diary or digital organiser.

13. Set up a filing system that makes sense.

14. Plan time to work on your business.

15. Remember to lead from the front.

16. Look after your team.

17. Delegate or outsource.

18. Learn to say “No”.

19. Avoid unnecessary meetings.

20. Prepare checklists.

Tips for getting the best from your employees drive

21. Motivating employees is the only way to give them drive.

22. If you’re a manager, put yourself in their shoes and find out how you’d like to be treated and treat them accordingly.

23. Please, thank you and well done can go a long way.

24. Put out a positive vibe.

25. Try to make the workplace enjoyable.


26. Instil optimism within the organisational culture.

27. Don’t let one negative person affect the whole organisation.

28. Don’t accept a pessimistic attitude from any member of staff.

29. Make change a regular occurrence.

30. Make change a fun thing and have it anticipated by staff.


31. Encourage your staff to better themselves.

32. Let your staff know that you believe in them and their ability.

33. Delegate jobs to staff, not just the bad jobs.

34. Boost their morale by taking the time to talk to them and show them how to do tasks.

If you’re looking to work on your business rather than being stuck in it, book in for a complimentary business assessment today with Switzer Business Coaching.

Important information: This content has been prepared without taking account of the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular individual. It does not constitute formal advice. For this reason, any individual should, before acting, consider the appropriateness of the information, having regard to the individual’s objectives, financial situation and needs and, if necessary, seek appropriate professional advice.

Published on: Friday, December 16, 2011

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