Winmark Business Solutions, an online resource for small businesses, offered additional methods for improving leadership:
- Be trustworthy, because trust commands respect.
- Be aware of the past, present and future, so as to learn from the past, adapt in the present and prepare for the future.
- Actions speak louder than words. Behaving accountably is a good way to motivate employees to do as you do.
- Be consistent. It's an extension of Lemonis' advice of being present.
- Be relatable with employees. You don't have to be pals, but being in tune with their motivations and frustrations can help everything run smoother.
Many personality traits contribute to being a good leader, according to the Leadership Potential equation developed by Raymond Cattell in 1954. Those include emotional stability, dominance, enthusiasm, conscientiousness, social boldness, self-assurance, intuitiveness and charisma.
Small-business owners and managers don't come equipped with all of the components for good leadership, but the upshot is that lacking traits can be developed.