Back to list April 02, 2020 6 Leadership Strategies to Enhance Employee Experience Are you a business owner looking to improve your leadership skills to enhance your business’ culture and employee experience? As a new or seasoned business owner, you’re probably well aware that your employees are the lifeblood of your organization. To inspire optimal employee productivity and team performance takes motivation on your part, as well as exceptional leadership skills. Business owners are faced with no small task — and that’s why we’ve compiled a list of six essential tips to continually meet your company goals and inspire productive, high-achieving team performance for your business. Leadership Tips for Business Owners Leadership skills are invaluable in the workplace because all business success stems from effective leadership techniques. To continue evolving your leadership skills, try: 1. Writing down your goals Get clear on your mission statement, vision and list of values for your company — then write them down. Ask yourself what you want to accomplish and why, and how you plan on executing your goals. Communicate these plans clearly to your team. 2. Investing in constant training As a business leader, it’s crucial to invest in your employee’s self-development. Doing so shows you care about their advancement and believe in the power of their contributions, and is also an effective tool for succession planning. 3. Praising hard work What you do to reward employees gets repeated — studies have shown that over 96 percent of respondents felt that personal praise inspired them to do more work. 4. Following the S-M-A-R-T strategy Set goals for yourself that are specific, achievable, relevant, measurable and time-based, and then encourage employees to do the same. 5. Developing leaders Build a strong leadership pipeline in your company by encouraging leadership development in your team. Continually praise and encourage individuals who reflect a few essential qualities of an effective manager or leader. 6. Remaining approachable and committed Commitment and approachability position you as a leader to respect and trust. Show your commitment by arriving to work early and investing in employees. To be a more approachable boss, try leaving your door open, smiling and greeting your employees every morning and responding to emails as quickly as possible. Network With Other Business Owners at Local Events At Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation, or CAEDC, we offer networking events for local business owners to connect, share information and grow their companies. As a business owner, you can get involved through networking events to build professional relationships and enhance your leadership skills by: Sharing resources Being sincere, personable and friendly Communicating tactfully Focusing on connecting with others Helping others make connections with each other Following through with your efforts to help Improve Your Business Leadership Skills With CAEDC Whether you want to network or grow your business with other business owners and community stakeholders or seek financing support for your business, Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation is here to help. Using incentive programs, gap financing, access to government programs, grants and other financing solutions, our team at CAEDC helps business owners thrive in Cumberland County. Reach out to us today for more information about our upcoming events, site selection assistance, marketing solutions or economic development opportunities. Don’t wait — enhance your business leadership tactics today!