Creating better business leaders: 10 tips (ProjectEve)

By: Stephen Ball April 26, 2015


Leaders make businesses and without them it’s hard for a company to be productive and a leader itself. So, we’ve compiled a list of ten important tips for leaders hoping to make an impression. Take a look below:

Creating Better Business Leaders Tip #1:  Lead by example.

The best leaders show and don’t just tell people what to do.  You need to be punctual or show up early if you are expecting your employees to be at work on time and meet their deadlines.  If professionalism is something that is important to you, be sure to treat everybody around you (online as well as in person) with courtesy and respect.  Also, be sure to dress for success and set the professional tone you would like to see exhibited by your employees, and they follow you.

Creating Better Business Leaders Tip #2: Show some humility.

There is quite a difference between being a boss and being a leader.  Although both of these positions are in charge of others, a leader has no problem with giving others credit and sharing the spotlight with them.  A boss basically gives orders and expects others to fall in line.  It may seem to be counterintuitive at first, however, it takes a lot more confidence to be humble than it does to bask in the glory.  According to  employees, will really appreciate it when you acknowledge their contributions and your clients will as well.

Creating Better Business Leaders Tip #3: Be an effective communicator.

It is absolutely imperative to learn how to communicate effectively if you want to be a good leader.  This is true for life in general as well as at work.  Great leaders ensure they are understood and heard, however, they also know how important listening to others is.  Communication is, after all, a two-way street.  If you learn how to leverage this skill effectively, your Better Business Leaders with their business will move forward rapidly instead of lagging behind the competition.

Creating Better Business Leaders Tip #4: Make sure your meetings are productive.

Time is money, as the old saying goes.  So during meetings you want to put limits on going off on tangents and other things that waste time.  If you have enough trust in your team members to do their jobs, then you won’t need to micromanage your staff, and your meetings can run efficiently and quickly.

Creating Better Business Leaders Tip #5:  Know what your limits are.

Even the most caring and kindest leaders have their limits.  Be sure to set your own boundaries and then stick with them.  If everyone knows what you won’t tolerate, it will save everybody a lot of frustration.  Boundaries will also be clear so that there isn’t any confusion or misconceptions.

Creating Better Business Leaders Tip #6: Get a good mentor.

The best leaders all realize that they need help at times, and they know who they can turn to.  No one can know absolutely everything.  That’s why it is so important to find people you can trust to give you good advice whenever things are tough.

Creating Better Business Leaders Tip #7: Stay emotionally aware.

Although it is common advice to keep business matters and emotions separate from one another, ultimately business  leadership  is all about relationships among people according to  In order for these to be lasting relationships, you need to have emotional intelligence- you need to be sensitive to various backgrounds and points of view.  When trying to do what is best for your company, don’t forget to use your heart in addition to your head.

Creating Better Business Leaders Tip #8: Avoid and look out for common pitfalls that leaders often make.

We all make mistakes.  However, some of them can be avoided.  Be aware of what the common mistakes are that leaders tend to make.  However, don’t focus on them so much that they turn into self-fulfilling prophecies.  If you can strike this balance, you stand a good chance of not making these same mistakes.

Creating Better Business Leaders Tip #9: Learn from history.

I’m sure you have heard the old saying that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.  There is so much you can learn from the past when it comes to leadership, including a wide array of examples of both huge business failures  as well as amazing success stories.  Think about the leaders who you really admire and the things they excel at.  Also, consider what mistakes were made by leaders whose careers ended in disgrace, scandal or the colossal failure.  You can find lessons everywhere you turn.

Creating Better Business Leaders Tip #10: Don’t ever stop improving.

The great leaders are always learning new things and doing everything they can to continue to improve themselves.  You can always find new skills to master and things to learn.  Always keep an open mind to new possibilities and ideas.