Business owners know that a benchmark company can't run on its own; not only is proactive and innovative management a mandatory ingredient, the employees need to be competent and forward thinking self-starters themselves. In today's economic climate, it's not enough for 'the boss' to simply show up on time, delegate duties and sign the cheques, nor is it enough for the employees to simply complete what is being asked of them from nine to five. There is a marked difference between a good leader and a great one; displaying a passion for the work that's being done, and the ability to encourage that passion in others signifies the latter. Still, even the most experienced CEO can benefit from company leadership training. While there is not, and never will be, a textbook definition for great leadership, any company--small, mid-sized or corporate--will grow from mentoring, peer coaching and professional networking, and working on leadership skills is advisable no matter what stage your company is currently at.
Mentoring is one of the most foolproof ways to enhance your business. What better way to spread your vision for your company than personally communicating it to those you work with? Over the years you may have acquired a wealth of unique and valuable knowledge that you may hesitate to share freely with your staff. You may ask yourself why you would share the wisdom you shed blood, sweat and tears to learn, but sharing your expertise with your workers works to your benefit as well as theirs. In sharing your expertise, you will illuminate your protege(s) to your professional vision, and advise them on what has and hasn't worked for you. Every time you express your leadership through mentoring will give you an opportunity to clarify your message, and therefore, fine-tune the end result you are expecting.
Peer Mentoring and Networking
If you decide to enroll in company leadership training, you can expect a good deal (sometimes 50%) of the program to be focused on peer mentoring. Many professionals--particularly those who have gotten used to being in charge--don't relish the idea of being criticized (albeit constructively). There are a host of benefits, however--not only will you hear practical advice and feedback from like-minded professionals, you will experience again what it is like to be on the receiving end of criticism, which will in turn make you more sensitive towards your own employees in the future.
It may seem ironic, but the difference between a good leader and a great leader is not the ability to wield power, it's the ability to empower.