What ‘Honest Abe’ Can Do For Your Business

by Linda Coors on April 16, 2014 · 0 comments

What 'Honest Abe' Can Do For Your BusinessWith each generation, we become smarter and wiser. One generation passes on what they’ve learned onto the next and so on. The idea is to learn from the past to make better decisions now and in the future. A recent post I read on Inc. magazine’s website talked about Abraham Lincoln and how he handled adversity in his professional life.

If there’s one thing we can all agree on in life, it’s that there are going to be challenges. As a green industry business owner, you’ve likely experienced some setbacks along the way, too, but there are characteristics of a leader that stand out — and define businesses that stand the test of time.

From the article above, here are some tools that you can use starting today.

Patience Is Indispensable

In today’s fast-paced environment, it is easy to make quick judgment calls and think later. But as a business owner you did not get to where you are today by not having patience.

When dealing and communicating with your employees, remember that taking time to analyze situations and decide what you want to get across can save you more time in the long run. If you rush things, you might spend more time clearing up confusion that could have been settled from the beginning. You may also say things in the heat of the moment that you may regret later.

So take time to craft your messages and think of how you want your employees to see you.

Empathy Goes A Long Way

Ever have a rough day and you wonder why someone doesn’t understand why you’re having a rough day? Well the same goes for your employees. There may be more going on than simply what’s on the surface.

It’s important to open the lines of communication because chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time with these people. Allow your employees to come to you with any issues or concerns. As a business owner, you have experienced a lot and can offer some great advice so don’t be afraid to dispense it.

Allow yourself to be an ear and a resource to your employees.

What Qualities Do You Share With Lincoln?

As a green business owner, you take pride in your work — and your management skills should be something to proud of too. Being patient and empathetic are just a few ways you can help things run smoother. I think “Honest Abe” was onto something here.

No matter the years that separate us, his incredible leadership skills live on, and there’s a reason: They’re tried and true.


Image credit: Lincoln Memorial

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