To have a great business, you must have a successful leader. Without that, your business will suffer and make it very difficult to reach business goals. Did you know that 37% of people have left a job due solely to poor leadership? The good news is anyone can learn how to become a better, more successful leader to inspire others to work hard and get things done. Follow these tips below and become a better leader today.

Don’t Doubt Your People

When you have faith in your team and know they can do what they were hired to do, you allow them to develop confidence in themselves. When people think the person leading their team doesn’t believe in them, they will not believe in themselves. How can a team be expected to perform their job successfully when they are in doubt? When members of your team have setbacks, which they undoubtedly will, use it as a learning experience to help them move forward with your vision of the organization. Successful leaders use setbacks to improve the performance of their business, not deter them from their goals.

Always, Always Communicate

For you and your team to continuously grow and meet the goals for your business, you must maintain constant and open communication. People love to know how they’re doing, especially when they are doing a great job, so make sure you provide feedback. People also love to know when their leader cares about them. Be sure and talk to them about more than just work; talk to them about their kids, family, etc. so they know you care about them as a person. A weekly email updating your team on successes made or goals met will help keep up the momentum and make them feel like their hard work is paying off. Successful leaders connect with their employees and make sure they feel like they are being acknowledged for the work they do. If they know you appreciate them, they are willing to work harder to help you reach goals.

Know Your Business

Successful leaders are always willing to do what they ask of others. If your team thinks you aren’t willing (or worse-don’t know how) to do the job you’re asking them to do, the likelihood of them performing to their fullest potential is not very high. When your team knows you at least understand the ins and outs of the business, they will take your lead and be more motivated to help your business succeed.

Believe in Yourself

If you aren’t confident in yourself, how do you expect your team to stay confident? Think of yourself as a Wild West settler in a saloon and maintaining that “poker face”. Successful leaders must know how to appear calm and level headed on the outside, even when their brain is moving at the speed of light evaluating risk. Maintaining a cool, calm and confident demeanor, even when dealing with problems, serves as a constant assurance for your team.

Hire a Dedicated Team

Your team needs to be committed. They need to be committed to the business, and they need to be committed to you as their leader. Successful leaders know how to hire effectively. Rather than focusing only on the listed skillsets on a resume, focus on the person’s potential. For example: if a person has listed on their resume that they enjoy rock climbing, this probably means they are ambitious, like a challenge, and strive to reach new goals on a continuous basis. This quality in a person is something you want on your team.

It goes without saying that there are numerous ways to make your business more productive, but having a successful leader is without a doubt something that can make or break your business. Leaders truly set the stage for optimal success, and the difference between success and failure starts with a good leader.