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3 Resolutions Small Business Leaders Should Make for the New Year

Get the best small business leadership help, tips, resources and advice including 3 New Years resolutions for owners.

Even if you are not a typical resolution setter, there is something about the new year that gives us all a feeling of starting fresh. We have the opportunity to begin again, even if working towards the same goals. There is a renewal in the new year that is invigorating.

I’m not necessarily a resolution setter, but I am a goal setter. Some might say that’s the same thing. I set goals for myself and my business every December and make plans to carry them out in the new year. This year, I get to add a new category to my goal list: leadership. For the first time in my business I have a team surrounding me. In 2018, the leader I am and how I work with them has to be a priority.

Here are three resolutions/goals I am setting for myself as I lead my team next year. If you are a small business leader yourself, they are worth taking a look at.

Training & Development:
Always at the top of my list is training and development. In all small businesses, employees wear many hats. All roles are strategy + execution, meaning not only do you get to develop the strategy, you then have to execute it. Employees can not be expected to be a jack of all trades. If I am asking my employees to do something a bit out of their experience or skill set, which I almost always am, then I need to provide the proper training to ensure their success.

Further, professional development is at the top of many employee’s Christmas wish list. In 2018, I want to make sure my employees have the opportunities to seek out professional development.

Customized Motivation:
For decades the ideas behind motivation and specifically using perks to motivate has been that one size fits all. More and more I’m seeing big businesses turn towards customized motivational tools. Customized meaning fit to the individual.

This can be done on many levels. First, in the way we work with our employees. Since no two are alike, customizing our leadership approach to them means they are likely to better respond. I love using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator to better understand employees personalities. If I can better understand them, I can customize my approach and my motivational tools to help develop them further.

Challenge Myself:
When things are busy, I tend to forget about my own development. I focus on the work and forget that leaders need to work on their skills as much as their employees. This can be as simple as setting a reading goal, attending conferences or establishing a larger goal that pushes you outside of your comfort zone.

As leaders we can get so focused on our employees or our business, that we forget that we need to continually be challenging ourselves as well. I plan to think about how I can do that better and more consistently in the coming year.

If you are anything like me, 2017 passed by faster than you can believe. Looking back I know I didn’t focus in on some of the areas as heavy as I should have this year. I plan to take the new year as an opportunity to correct that. I want to focus on making myself and my team better. I want to be deliberate about not getting so caught up in doing the work, that I forget about the people helping me to make it happen. It certainly takes focus, but will be more than worth it.

Those are my top three leadership priorities for 2018. What are yours? Do any of these resonate with you or do you have a different focus? Would love to hear your leadership priorities in the new year. Leave a comment below or send us a note. We would love to hear from you.

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