What does it take to be a great leader? I recently read an article, “9 Things Great Leaders Say Every Day,” by Bill Murphy Jr., and it follows my thoughts and experience of motivating employees throughout an organization. In my years of running companies, I have learned that the people are key to making the company successful. When I hire someone, I want them to take ownership in what they do and make it clear to them how they are part of an organization. I found that letting an employee take control of their own goals motivates and holds them accountable to the bigger picture.
As a leader, I hold a weekly meetings with my department heads to find out how they are doing related to their goals and also catch up with them personally on any other matters. I found this approach is better than the aspects of micro managing, which many fall into especially when things are not going as planned. Having an atmosphere where you encourage communication with your employees is a far more productive way to get the right things done for a company. I am open with them on how the company is doing and where I envision the company going.