764088_32838963Are you unsure of how to be a good leader for your employees? A lot of leadership is about the example that you set for others. Even if you can't be a perfect example, here are two things you can at least try to avoid.

Showing Off

Running a business isn't high school anymore. No one really likes you for what you have, what you've done, or what you own. Those are all nice things, and though it's nice to have nice things, they don't really matter if you're a witch to your employees. People may lust after the things that you have, but that doesn't mean they care for you. Sure, it may seem like they're good friends with you and do your every bidding, but it doesn't matter if you're not building a relationship there. No relationship means no friendship, and it's doubtful they'll ever really like you for who you are - a leader. Genuine relationships matter in a different way, and you'll only form them when you stop trying to make it look like you're more important than they are.

Holding Things Too Close

When things get tough, we often feel fear. This fear causes insecurity, and then we tend to hold too tightly to things that may or may not be good for us. Just because we aren't insecure or fearful doesn't mean we're happy. It just means we have an absence of fear or insecurity. Happiness is something completely different. Holding onto an idea, object, service or even person that you think you need - but know you don't - won't make you any happier or make you a better boss. It will, however, make you look desperate and clingy. Even if you don't succeed at everything you try, try it anyway. There's no reason to cling to old ways just because you are afraid of new, unknown things.


Sometimes, leading your employees is as much about what you don't do as what you do. Showing off material things or clinging to your old ways are both bad habits, and ones you don't want your employees picking up. Do better yourself, and you'll see them do th