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Not every entrepreneur is automatically a good manager. When you manage staff, certain qualities are indispensable. Use this checklist and become a better leader.

If you start a company and hire employees, as an entrepreneur you often end up automatically in the position of manager, manager, HR director. But are you? Most entrepreneurs are craftsmen, pioneers, scouts or good sellers. It gives them energy to find a gap in the market and to set up a new company.

Constructively dealing with staff is a completely different expertise. Certainly in the long term. Then you have to cultivate the characteristics of a people manager. How do you do that? Use the following 5 guidelines - linked to the capacities of a good leader:

1. Motivate your team

Your ability to motivate people is very important. If your employees are facing the same direction and want to work hard for your company, that can bring you a lot. What do you need? Preferably: enthusiasm, charisma, persuasiveness and a challenging vision. Then people will be happy to follow you.

Also ensure a clear corporate culture with core values. Then your employees know what they are doing the work for. Employees aren't loyal to a cold strategy and data (figures and performance targets), but to a culture (shared values). As a manager, you must therefore be an ambassador for that corporate culture. That works.

2. Immerse yourself

Your empathy or empathy is an essential quality. So build a relationship of trust with your employees. Make sure you know what is in them. Don't immediately say that they tackle things wrong, but ask why they do things in a certain way or why they ask certain questions.

By knowing the question behind the question, you can better take on the helping and advising role. In this way you also discover new views and employee capacities that you didn't know yet. Only by opening yourself to other opinions can you become a successful manager. So make sure you listen carefully and respond tactically, so that you keep communication with your team strong.

3. Provide rhythm, rules and goals

Rhythm, structure and order are important for your organization. Your employees naturally need this and so do you as an entrepreneur. It may seem boring to have a fixed time for many things, but a successful company can't do without a clear structure, with clear rules. As a leader you must also set a good example in this. You're not above the law. Otherwise it won't work.

So make sure you have a personnel manual with clear business rules. Also choose a meeting structure that works. In addition, ensure clear business goals that can be easily translated into teams and every individual within your company. Employees who have the ultimate goal in mind are more involved and work better together.

4. Be patient and persevere

Patience is a good thing, and perseverance is just as important. As a manager you have to become someone of the long term. Not everything will go well the first time. You're confronted with criticism from employees .

Your employees, too, don't do everything well and perhaps not exactly in the way that you envisage. You have to accept a large part of that. Don't play a police officer. Because if you do that, your employees may feel undervalued. This can have a negative influence on their behavior and motivation.

You and your organization only grow if everyone can make mistakes and can grow in their role. So trust your employees and treat them as professionals, because you get a lot in return.

5. Reward and celebrate success

Regularly give your employees sincere compliments and pat on the back. A good people manager sees what is going well and rewards that. To motivate your staff extra, you can also work with performance rewards. A bonus can work well for employees who do repetitive work and have clear targets.

Don't forget to celebrate successes. A drink, a party, a team outing. That reinforces the team feeling and brings you closer to your team as a manager.

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