Growing a business is a challenge that requires hard work and focus, discipline and dedication, as well as a clear vision and a genuine sense of responsibility. All these ingredients are necessary to minimise the often-unavoidable growing pains that come with building and developing a business. And yet, many leaders and managers who take on such challenging positions simply ignore or skip the number one rule: to remain confident at all times.

Business leaders and managers often struggle with juggling the many responsibilities that come with their jobs, and more particularly with handling unexpected problems and unexpected changes.

When leaders or managers struggle to handle the many unavoidable problems and changes inherent to the development of a company, it can create severe issues and negative consequences that affect all areas and branches of a business. Staff, finances, business planning, and general strategy and procedure are all likely to suffer from a manager’s lack of confidence, positive outlook, and clear vision.

If a business leader doesn’t possess these essential qualities, the chances of growing the business according to the business plan become very slim. The good news is some steps can be taken before reaching that point in time when it’s too late to prevent serious problems from developing.

Confidence Is Key

A good manager must have a genuine sense of confidence in what he or she can do for the business. To put it bluntly, doubts aren’t allowed. And, the success of a business relies on the manager’s abilities to keep a positive outlook as well as lead his team with a very clear vision of what’s expected of them, and of the business.

Aside from confidence, vision, organisation and prioritisation are also deciding factors for the success of a business. Organisation and prioritisation are two essential qualities that a manager should possess when leading a team and growing a business.

Handling each situation based on their level of importance is the most effective way of keeping stress and disorganisation at bay. Growing a business in itself is hard enough and prioritising tasks is the best way to avoid unnecessary levels of stress, worry and negativity, which will end up affecting all areas of the business, both internally and externally.

A manager’s confidence will reflect on the company as a whole and as a result, his or her team will be able to operate in a much more peaceful and positive environment. This ultimately leads to a positive impact on the growth and overall performance of the business, keeping the dreaded “growing pains” to a minimum.

Time Management for Leaders.

Being able to manage your time effectively is another vital quality when running and growing a business. Time is money, thus having a clear vision of what needs to be achieved in the time dedicated for a particular task is an absolute necessity for a business leader. Sometimes life and business itself obscure this vision, but the worst thing you can do is bury your head in the sand.

Instead, focus 100% on the most important task you’ve set yourself for the day. It’s the easiest and most effective way of keeping the vision and outlook you’ve initially set for yourself and your business. Distractions will occur, and more tasks will arise, but it’s up to you as a responsible and focused leader to put forth your best effort to one particular task before moving to the next.

Leading is guiding, and showing absolute confidence and determination when growing and developing a business will ensure long-lasting success.

Author Alexi Gibbs ©