If you think about it, every business is ultimately about people – the ones you serve and the ones you employ. Often the most successful and growing companies are those that understand and prioritize people.
As a business owner, I know how challenging it is to get the right people in the right seats. But once they’re there, it’s a huge responsibility to teach them not only technical skills but also company culture – your values. Culture starts at the top with you, but as your company grows, every team member must understand and work to protect it. It’s how you pass on what matters to your organization as you grow. This can only be accomplished through intentional, authentic mentorship.
Guarding what your company values is essential, but we must also give freedom within the boundaries of those values if we want to create leaders. Empower your people by communicating clearly and then extending trust. Trust is the necessary safety net that encourages risk taking. It’s what sustains the next generation of a growing company.
Leaders who delegate tasks end up with a team of followers who struggle without them at the helm. However, if you delegate authority – rather than tasks – you create leaders.
When it comes to business, you can have control, or you can have growth, but it’s nearly impossible to have both. So, focus on making the decisions only you can make, and push the rest deeper into the organization to be made by tomorrow’s most admired CEOs.
Blog by Kyle Brownlee, CEO.