Entrepreneurs sometimes say that they have to ‘think on their feet’ a lot and make important decisions alone that affect the whole of their business.
One reason given for acting alone is that they are the leader and in certain situations feel they can’t share information because it might ‘rock the boat’ and cause uncertainty or resentment amongst staff.
Ironically, it’s usually the situations that business owners think might cause trouble if debated over in-house that do create upset – but not due to the situation and subsequent decision themselves – but because staff feel under-valued that they weren’t consulted.
This usually arises where employees feel that decisions are being made purely for the benefit of the owner and not the business or staff.
But for a business to work, leaders need to keep their people on board so it can help if, before acting, you can share your thoughts with somebody outside the company. This might be an expert skilled in people management and business planning, who can advise you on how to approach decisions and take your people with you rather than alienate them.
For further information on mentoring read Haines Watts’ article here.
Remember too that finalists in our HWYE competition win a year-long mentoring programme with a partner from Haines Watts and an HWYE Mastermind day as part of their prize – so it’s well worth entering! See this website for details or apply here.