4 Lessons Founders Learned from Their Employees

September 13, 2017

7:15 am

Building a team is one thing, learning from them is another. If you take the time to listen to your employees, you’ll grow as a person and it’ll help grow your business. We asked founders what they’ve been taught by their employees.

My Employees Are Smarter Than Me – and Should Be

My employees have taught me that they are smarter than I am in what we’ve hired them to do – and that it should be that way. In turn, this has helped me make better hiring decisions by identifying if a candidate will be able to teach me something new and bring value to the company. It has also helped me become aware that I might not be opening up opportunities for an employee to truly spread their wings. – Jordan Gurrieri of Blue Label Labs

Trust and Delegation Are Important

I am a natural at trusting but when delegating, sometimes it is hard to allow another to do things their way. I have learned to trust the abilities of my team and know that though it might not be done my way, there is a multitude of ways to do it things well. – Jessica Baker of Aligned Signs

Disagreements Are Never a Bad Thing

An employee should never be afraid to disagree with their boss. Time and again, I’ve found myself impressed by the insights offered by my staff; insights which were they afraid to voice dissenting opinions, I’d never have heard. Disagreements can be a healthy thing and can actually help your business grow. – Steven Buchwald of Buchwald & Associates

Different Perspectives Are Inspirational

When working in the business field, I am always looking to find new ways to complete tasks. I have realized that employees are the best sources of inspirations because they don’t think like you, yet they have to deal with the same problems. – Ajmal Saleem of Suprex Learning

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This article is courtesy of BusinessCollective, featuring thought leadership content by ambitious young entrepreneurs, executives & small business owners.

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