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How Startup Owners Can Build Their Leadership Skills

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Startups make up a large portion of small businesses, and even with high failure rates, many entrepreneurs are passionate about the idea of bringing their ideas to life. While you likely have plenty on your plate as a business owner, you can still benefit from learning a few key ways of supporting your growing team.

Support Your Fleet Drivers

If you have a fleet, you can use fleet technology to support your drivers. Telematics systems combine telecommunications with information processing to increase safety while on the road. Many times, drivers who are involved in accidents may or may not have evidence to support their story of what happened. It can be difficult to know who caused the accident. However, using truck telematics can provide valuable evidence that courts will accept, which can protect your drivers against potential lawsuits.

Take Part in Management Training

It’s a good idea to get management training, especially because this is a common area for businesses to neglect. Whether it’s an issue of time or money, leadership training is often put on the back burner to deal with the more pressing issues of running a startup. You may feel that even though a training session would be rewarding, it might not have that much of an impact on your daily work. However, leadership training can have a long-lasting impact on the success of your organization. Consider hosting a few internal sessions where you and other team leaders can go through a few key points. You can tailor these sessions to your business’s goals.

Have a Clear Vision

Successful startup leaders have a reason for creating their organization, and this passion helps them through the most difficult times. Having a philosophy can help you find your focus and direction. But having a good idea is not enough. You also must know how to bring this idea to fruition. Try to communicate your vision to your team in a concise manner, and make sure to do so often.

This will help all your employees feel like they are connected to their work and the company’s goals, which is especially important for lower-level employees. Plus, it can reduce burnout, a very real risk in startups. Having a clear vision will also help you understand when it is time to delegate work to other employees who are showing promise. Understanding your vision allows you to build your organization on a strong foundation to reduce the likelihood of collapse.

Put Microlearning to Work

Microlearning is more common for small businesses because of its low investment and intense nature. It allows you and other leaders to learn what they need to in small, manageable chunks, which can stop them from feeling overwhelmed. Microlearning allows you to focus on key behaviors that will help you do your best, and you can work these lessons around your daily work. Implementing microlearning allows you to take advantage of every pocket of time in your day, and if you do it right, you can use your new knowledge immediately to solidify it. It is efficient and does not cost as much as larger programs.

Don’t Be Afraid of Failure

The best leaders know that sooner or later, they will make a mistake or even fail. Instead of putting all your energy into avoiding failure, try to confront it when it happens. You learn much more from failure than you do from success. A lack of funding is a big challenge for startups, and a common mistake is to look for big investors who have the most capital to invest. But you can create a stronger safety net by seeking out as many smaller investors as you can. You will be more likely to fail when you reach out to more investors, but each time you fail, you can learn how to make your next pitch better.

Seek Out a Mentor

While it can be tempting to let your passion carry you through on your own, having a mentor can give you a source of expert knowledge and support. Everyone is different, and in the early days of your startup, your growth will look different from another entrepreneur. Some entrepreneurs need to focus on time management, while others need to focus on planning or communication skills. Having a mentor early in your journey can help you focus on these areas as soon as possible.

You can find a mentor in your network, and they might be a professional connection, friend, church or community member, or colleague. If you do not know anyone who might be able to help you out, keep networking. After you have found someone who will help you, you will begin to feel more confident. You can meet with them regularly to talk about issues you are facing, questions you have, and ways you can continue to grow as a business owner.

Kokou Adzo is the editor and author of Startup.info. He is passionate about business and tech, and brings you the latest Startup news and information. He graduated from university of Siena (Italy) and Rennes (France) in Communications and Political Science with a Master's Degree. He manages the editorial operations at Startup.info.

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