A good management team can be the difference between a big Series A and a serious problem. And if you want your management team to grow as leaders, all you have to do is give them the chance to shine with responsibility and advice.
We asked four entrepreneurs how they help their management team grow as leaders. Check out their answers below and get ready for a quality team boost:
Put Them in Positions to Teach Others
Speaking at conferences or being interviewed by media publications have been two of the ways we've turned our management team into the leaders they are today. Leadership is about expertise and confidence and by putting them in positions to teach others, we achieve both.
– Jacques Bastien of Boogie
Get Out of Their Way
Provide staff with the tools and skills to perform their roles and lead a project, and then let them do it. There may be errors along the way, there may be questions, but the only way to learn is to let them jump in and learn those valuable skills. This includes managing those unknowns, learning how to make a key decision on the spot, delegating, conflict resolution, etc.
– Angela Delmedico of Elev8 Consulting Group
Let Them Own Their Work
In my experience, people not only work best when they're given ownership of their work and responsibilities. They learn best, as well. Show your management team that you trust them to make decisions in your absence. Give them the authority to be leaders, and the opportunity to explore roles outside of their primary job.
– Steven Buchwald of Buchwald & Associates
Help Them Develop Their Own, Unique Perspectives
“Leaders are leaders not only because of the culture they encourage, the successes they may have experienced, or their fancy job title. Leaders are leaders because of the unique perspectives and point of views they bring to the table when it comes to their particular industry or market.”
– Arry Yu of GiftStarter
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