Wondering if you’re leading your growing small business the right way?

Questioning such factors as whether the business is headed in the best direction as well as if your leadership skills are up to par is important for keeping the venture on course.

Here are some tips for guiding the company forward in the best direction.

Empower Your Employees

Do you encourage your employees to utilize innovation in the workplace and to work through job-related problems on their own? Knowing when to push your workers toward their highest potential is an important leadership quality.

By encouraging employees to look beyond their everyday tasks toward how they can streamline and evolve those tasks, you’ll empower them to continually improve the company.

Also, by encouraging workers to solve job-related problems on their own, they’ll soon rely less on your guidance and will become more confident in their job skills.

Be Transparent

Worried about the business’s current financial situation or have other concerns?

Don’t keep those concerns under lock and key. Instead, instill a standard of transparency by sharing this type of information with your workers.

Weekly company meetings should become times to explore these issues and to empower workers to do their part in improving the situation.

By sharing (at least part) of the issues with workers, they’ll also be less surprised of such emergency changes as job cuts or wage freezes.

Communicate Effectively

No matter which workplace you enter, communication is typically toward the top of the list of employee frustrations. Improve your small business’ use of internal communications by leading the charge.

Employees look to you as their leader, so, by becoming a better communicator, you’ll set the standard for the entire company.

Create Values

What does your company stand for in addition to serving your clients or customers?

Business values act as guiding lights for employees and help ensure that everyone at the company is working toward shared goals.

If you don’t yet have a list of business goals, work with an employee committee to create them. And don’t just make the list and forget about it. Include those values in every business decision and discussion to fully incorporate them into the company culture.

Invest in Marketing

According to the article, “You’re the Boss: Here’s What you Shouldn’t be Doing”, small business owners often place marketing low on their list of priorities.

This can be a grave mistake because marketing and increased sales go hand in hand. Push your business towards higher levels of success by investing in marketing tactics now rather than later.

If the budget allows, hire an in-house marketing professional to guide this side of the business, or find a marketing agency that can take on the work for a reasonable price.

Then, make sure you begin marketing strategically to your target demographic. This will help you avoid wasting your marketing dollars while increasing your ROI.

Consider Your Tech Needs

Have you taken a recent close look at your company’s technology infrastructure?

If not, now is the time. Issues with workplace technology are often a frustration voiced by employees in small businesses. Ensure your workers aren’t voicing this frustration by partnering with a trusted local IT vendor, or by hiring an in-house tech.

Work through details like data storage and backups soon to resolve any current vulnerability in information security.

Questioning your business’s direction as well as your leadership skills, among other things, is important for keeping the venture on a healthy course.

Be sure that you’re running your small business the right way by empowering your employees, by instilling transparency in the business’s practices and more.

About the Author: Shayla Ebsen is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional writing experience both in the corporate and freelance settings.