I haven’t had much experience with different employers or managers but I have had enough interaction to realize it is a difficult responsibility. Every manager has their own opinions about how to interact with their employees. Whether their actions, or lack thereof, have positive or negative effects on their employees is a matter of opinion. Unfortunately, most leaders don’t communicate with their employees enough to know how effective their leadership skills really are.
Without proper communication, how do you know if you are getting the best performance possible from your employees? Do they completely understand what is expected of them? Errors and misunderstandings are avoidable. I believe being open to communication and feedback is essential to promoting good relationships between management and employees. Leaders must continually communicate clear directions and instructions for the best productivity.
Great leadership not only comes from good communication. David Javitch, an author for Entrepreneur.com, has listed 10 qualities every leader should possess for the best business success. Read “The Entrepreneur as Leader” to learn how you can improve your skills as a small business manager.