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How to Be a Leader Worth Working For

How to Be a Leader Worth Working For

Any business owner knows that building a strong team is the key to creating a successful business. It is the staff that helps to drive the vision forward. Without their skills, experience, and participation, driving the brand forward is nearly impossible. Knowing these facts, accomplished leaders invest a lot of time and effort into not only hiring the best group of employees, but into being a leader that a team will willingly follow and work hard for.

Just as you go to great lengths to scout out only the best employees for your organization, job seekers do extensive research to find a company they can really stand behind to work for. Employees today have visions and goals of their own. They want to succeed and accomplish things throughout their careers. For this reason, they look for leaders who will help them get there. Are you the type of leader they’d jump at the chance to work with? How do leaders like Shailesh Dash receive awards and recognition for their leadership? What makes them worth working for?

Keep Employee Needs First

The whole concept of hiring staff is to reduce your workload and help drive the company goals forward. Though you’ve essentially hired these individuals to come and work for you, a great leader must learn how to meet the needs of their team. Your job as the boss is to create a working environment that makes it as easy as possible for your staff to complete their responsibilities. An effective leader will always invest time and money into finding ways to streamline processes and accommodate the professional needs of their team to help maximize their potential for success.

Credibility and Strong Work Ethic

Employees look to work with leaders who have what it takes to get things done, without compromising their integrity. They want to work for someone who will stand up for what is right, despite how it makes them look in the end. A leader who is honest, transparent, willing to admit their shortcomings, but tough enough to keep pushing forward.

Experience and Exposure

Job seekers are looking to work with the best. They are essentially looking for an employer who started from nothing and worked hard to get to the top. They want to be led by you so that they, in turn, can learn the tricks of the trade and excel in their professional careers. A leader who has worked hard to make it, and isn’t afraid to expose their team to how they got there are the most popular to work for. You’ve got to be an open book, willing to expose your staff to opportunities for growth and success. They, in turn, will remain loyal and work harder to be mentored by you.

Personal Connections

It is not enough to work for someone you never see or interact with these days. Employees want to get hired by leaders who will put effort into getting to know them as individuals. Paying close attention to not only their professional lives, but their personal lives help to build long-lasting relationships. Knowing that their personal lives greatly impact their ability to be outstanding professionals, effective leaders take time to pay attention to what goes on when their staff isn’t on the clock. They use this information to provide a better working experience that allows for a healthy balance with their personal lives.

Freedom and Flexibility

Micromanagers often have the most dissatisfied employees. If you trusted a candidate enough to fill a vacant position, you should seemingly be able to trust them to handle their responsibilities. A true leader knows how to delegate tasks while providing their team with the space and freedom they need to perform their duties. They welcome creativity and inspire their staff to think outside of the box and bring ideas to the table. They are willing to trust, and even through the mistakes, allow their staff to learn valuable lessons that help them to become more productive workers in the future. In exchange for this freedom and flexibility, managers receive the loyalty of their staff.


Successful leaders hire people that not only have great talents now but that have the potential to develop more talents in the future. They motivate and inspire their staff to be better on a regular basis. They take mistakes and use them as learning opportunities, invest in training to help improve weaknesses and shower their staff with an appreciation for their talents which inspires them to keep growing professionally. They’re essentially willing to do everything they can to bring out the best in each of their employees.


Talented workers want to be a part of something bigger than them. They find motivation and satisfaction in working for a cause or purpose that will help the greater good. A leader who is passionate about their business and can portray this through their communication and actions will go very far. Effective leaders strive daily to remind staff of their purpose, the goals, and how it benefits the general public. They are willing to go the extra mile to see this project through, even if that means getting their hands dirty sometimes. When passion runs deep in the leader, it encourages staff to work hard to bring the vision to realization.


As a leader, you have to set rules and have high expectations from your team. However, the most prolific leaders are those who know how to be fair. They realize that sometimes getting the job done means coloring outside of the lines or diverting from the original plan. They aren’t judgemental, but instead, strive to understand why actions may have been taken. They hold everyone to the same standards and expect the best, but are human enough to realize that sometimes mistakes are made.

When they say it takes a special kind of person to be a leader, they were right. Being in charge is much more than being able to tell others what to do and watch the money come rolling in. It means knowing how to choose the right people to work with, providing them with the tools they need to succeed, and setting a great example for them to follow. Being an effective leader means realizing the importance of your team and being willing to go above and beyond to treat them as equals, motivate them to be better, and accomplish great things.

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by Ted Abrams // Ted Abrams' journey to blogging about business has been a long but interesting one. Ted spent his college years studying marketing in Iowa before moving east to New York and Boston in subsequent years. He worked at a few start-ups dealing in first education technology followed by some odd jobs in logistics and even as a helpful hand in a Rhode Island based incubator. Over the years Ted has had his eyes on businesses of all kinds in industries as varied as his ever-changing address.

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