Written by Ebo Aneju, a researcher and writer at Pearl Lemon Group
Being a leader is pretty challenging and requires a decent amount of experience to be effective. Furthermore, being a young leader can be particularly daunting as you may not have this experience and may be working with people much older than you.
Improving as a young leader can take time, but you should recognise advances in no time if you’re practising the right skills.
Business management skills will be helpful to any young leaders in the workplace. Business management includes many different tasks, but it is integral to being involved in running any business. So your business management skills definitely shouldn’t be neglected!
Better business management skills should see you improve your leadership skills overall. But firstly, you need to know precisely what business management is and effective ways to improve your business management. As soon as you start to recognise what effective business management is, you can quickly implement it in the future.
Read on if you’re trying to learn more about the basics of good business management and how to implement it into your leadership style.
What is Business Management?
Business management refers to the organisation and coordination of all activities involved in running a business. Business managers will oversee operations to ensure they run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
This includes a range of different tasks. One of them is ensuring your team members are as productive as possible. This can be done in various ways, such as recognising strengths and moving members to different members.
As well as ensuring team members are as productive as possible also involves checking that your operations are as efficient as possible. You will need to recognise areas in your operations where you can improve efficiency and fix those issues.
Your role as a business manager should ensure everything is working as smoothly as possible to maximise those profits.
Tips to Improve Business Management
Build a Relationship With Your Team Members
Building a healthy relationship with your team members will make your job as a leader much more straightforward. It would help if you were comfortable enough with your team members to tell them about areas to improve and give them honest feedback. Furthermore, they’re much more likely to respond positively to this feedback if they actually like you!
Deepak Shukla, the founder of Pearl Lemon Group, emphasizes the importance of building relationships with his team. Deepak states, “The people who work with you are incredible assets to the company and their happiness, fulfillment, and job satisfaction can make or break your business. This is one of the reasons why me and my fellow leaders do our best to support our team because that is beneficial for all parties involved.
As a young leader, you may feel uncomfortable giving out pointers to people significantly older than you. If you already have a friendly relationship with these people, you shouldn’t have too much of an issue administering feedback.
Check-in with your Team regularly
You should set a regular time when you check in with each member or department in your Team. This means you are regularly checking the performance of your Team.Furthermore, regular check-in times mean you can set effective targets with your Team.
Andrew Tropeano, EVP at NewsWatch TV shared practical ways that he checks in with his team. Andrew states, “…having daily moments of affirmation with each person – shooting them a message and letting them know their work matters, thanking them for going above and beyond the call of duty, and being as transparent as possible on the company mission and direction.”
Andrew continues, “In my organization, connecting with and inspiring our employees is what leads to the highest level of success. Our employees are the lifeblood of our organization, and when they believe in the mission and have an emotional desire to achieve success, we are at our most powerful. My goal, daily, is to connect with my employees’ hearts and inspire them to action.”
Set an Example
Nobody likes a hypocrite! So an integral part of being a leader is setting a good example and ensuring you follow any rules or advice you’re enforcing.
Your colleagues are likely to take after your example, so if you set a good one, it should increase your Team’s productivity.
Work on your decision-making
Decision-making is another huge aspect of business that can differentiate between a successful leader and a shaky one. It’s crucial that you can make the correct decision under pressure.
You may not have much time to deliberate and think about your decisions in many business situations. As they say, time is money, so you don’t want to waste this time on more minor decisions.
You should also be confident in your decisions and trust your instincts. You will appear ineffective as a leader if you constantly backtrack on choices and change your mind often.
However, don’t be afraid to admit wrong decisions and change your mind. Perfecting decision-making is about finding this balance and ensuring that the long-term outcomes of your decisions are always positive.
It’s the small daily things you do as a leader that can make a huge difference in inspiring your team. This is one of the best ways to improve your business management skills and grow as a leader.