As the head of your own company, you’re in a unique position, relative to both your organization and the people in it. It’s your responsibility to have the vision and ideas that will drive your business and carve out its place within the larger world.
A company head’s calling is a singular one: thinking broadly and expansively about all the possibilities for the business. You may have gotten to this point by crunching numbers and evaluating the pros and cons — and those tasks still have their place within every strong company. The time has come, however, for you to let your mind take flight, so you can convey, communicate, and convince others of your business’s inherent value, from assuring employees to stay the course to inspiring confidence in your clients to rely on your company.
To act successfully as the head of a company, you have to be a leader. Your staff needs someone they can look up to who embodies the business — and that person is you. They want to see values, commitment, and an ethic they can both follow and successfully sell to others. Here’s how to inspire all those things:
Raise the Bar, Then Aim Above It
You launched your company (or accepted the role as its leader) because you had confidence in what its aims were. As a company head, you must aim as high as possible, setting goals just north of what you think you can do. Your confidence can inspire others, and your employees need to know that you’re convinced they can exceed their own expectations. Don’t be unreasonable; aim just above the attainable for yourself and your team, and you’ll be gratified by the results.
As a company head, all eyes are on you. You are the prime example-setter for everything, from how people in your office conduct themselves to how your business’s identity is communicated to the outside world. This is why it’s so crucial for your business to operate as transparently as possible and keep your people looped into its direction. Open communication is a sign of trust, and if your staffers feel you have implicit trust in them and their abilities, they will be more invested in churning out the best possible work to drive your business forward.
Isolate Your Ideals, Then Be Sure Your Business Echoes Them
As company head, you are uniquely responsible for converting ideas into realities, so you’d better have a clear identity in place for your company. What are your ethics? What values do you hold dear? What qualities do you find most valuable and, in turn, which do you find the least productive?
Once you’ve answered these questions, it’s time to hold them up against your company. Does your business uphold these tenets? Are there practices in place to ensure your values exist in every aspect of what your company does? Have you adequately communicated to your people how vital these core beliefs are to the business? Does your behavior demonstrate commitment to those values? If the answer to any of these questions is even the slightest bit shy of an emphatic “Yes!,” then you must ramp up your efforts to instill your core values across the entire business.
Create a Culture of Collaboration
Though you may be the head of the company, your business would go nowhere without the efforts of your employees and the support of your clients. So engage them both in how you map your business’s path. Sit down with staffers and let them inform you of their goals and hopes for the business. Invite them to share their suggestions and concerns. Request your clients’ input on how your business can better fulfill their needs. Engage them in discussions on how you can provide just the support they require. By breeding collaboration, both inside and outside your business, you’ll establish yourself as the kind of company head who not only knows how to lead and inspire, but who also takes the needs and ideas of others into account.