As a leader who has over 55 employees to manage, Jeffry Schneider illustrates that it takes more than the passion for growing a successful business. Working with people who are always looking at you for guidance, encouragement, and direction, you must have a level head at all times. Your life in and out of the office should match. You should have high ethical standards, be approachable, friendly and accommodating. It is not all about accumulating wealth but influencing lives and making the world a better place. A keen observation of Jeffry Schneider reflects what a leader is.
A Good Communicator
Being able to relate to the team as well is essential to the growth of the company. You should know which communication tactics to employ on each occasion. Whether you are communicating on emails, over the phone, to a group or one on one, a leader should be able to pass the message across in a natural, understandable way and at the same time make the other party comfortable with engaging in the conversation. Listening is a significant part of a leader’s communication skills. A leader should listen more than talk.
Commitment and Flexibility
Leaders should have clear-cut goals and stick to the decisions they make. They should follow through with their promises and work demands. They should do whatever it takes to complete an assignment or target. The commitment, with time, gets infectious and runs through the whole team. Others will emulate you and work as hard to achieve the set goals or targets.
On the other hand, being too rigid can cost you opportunities and even frustrate the team. Sometimes, a crisis may force you to take a different path or jump for a chance you had not anticipated. Changing your mind or making a decision at the last minute does not show weakness but portrays the ability to stay strong even in turbulent times.
Ability to Delegate and Motivate
The sole reason you have a team working with you is so that each can contribute their strengths and guide the business to the next level. When you do everything, it shows you do not trust the team with their abilities, it is also tiresome and limits employees’ growth. Delegating ensures more is done and as a leader, the activities do not overwhelm you. As you delegate, it is also important to motivate the employees.
Commend them for work well done, offer incentives and maintain a positive attitude. Being friendly, and concerned about the employees’ welfare even in their personal lives without seeming to intrude, makes them feel they are part of the business. They will give their time and energy more to achieve the company goals.
As a leader, your employees will emulate how you live your life in and out of the company. How you relate to other people including your closest family is essential. It is also good to show them that it is not just about the paycheck, but that you can make a difference in other people’s lives. Jeffry Schneider made a decision to stop accumulating things and to get more involved in other people’s lives, this is a clear picture of how a leader should be.
A Recent example of making a difference in others’ lives is his involvement with Elizabeth Stephen, a nurse at Dell Children’s Hospital, whose mission is to put a smile on children with a cleft lip. His compassion for people is also evident in his interactions with his employees. Many are the times he invites the whole team to his house for celebrations when the company outdoes itself. These and many other qualities make Jeffry Schneider a leader others try to emulate.