The best business managers and leaders create a vision of the future that is compelling and motivates employees to want to achieve it. Great business leaders help the members of their team to connect what they do with the business’s overall strategy and its impact on customers.

Communication and Relationships
Communication is an essential leadership skill for any business manager. It is important to communicate with your people often and in a variety of different ways.
Whether one-to-one conversations, team meetings, email or phone calls, communication is key. Regular communication helps to build relationships across the business and also helps to build trust. As a manager, you should lead by example and communicate regularly with your team members, management team, your customers, suppliers, others in the industry and the wider community. The stronger the relationships you can build the better you will be able to lead people.

Integrity
In order to be a successful business leader you need to be honest, transparent and have a high degree of integrity. The key is to do what you say you are going to do. Some people might be happy to sit back and watch from the sidelines, but great leaders like to get involved in making things happen. In order to become a successful leader you need to persevere, drive your people forward and be accountable. If the buck stops with you, then own it.

Strategic problem solving
Ultimately, leaders are recruited, trained, and chosen to solve problems and to take advantage of new strategic opportunities in the market. This requires good analytical abilities and excellent people skills. At times it is necessary to focus on being tactical, however the best leaders maintain a strategic outlook and don’t lose sight of the bigger picture.

Innovation
In order to succeed in business it is important to focus on innovation. If you stand still, your competitors will overtake you. Innovation can take many forms – perhaps you wish to focus on hiring people with a different skill-set or you want to utilise technology in order to drive efficiency across the business. The best business leaders are innovative people who come up with new and better solutions to problems.

As a manager it is therefore important to continuously develop your technical and professional expertise, stay up to date on new trends in different markets and consider how new concepts can be adopted in order to improve your business.