Why Every Leader Should Value Community

Article written by guest blogger Rosette Jonesse

Running a business is no easy feat, and leaders face a lot of pressure to ensure its success. Leaders often hear sayings like “It’s lonely at the top” which makes business challenges seem isolating and insurmountable. However, that discouraging platitude doesn’t have to be the reality. It can be lonely in any position without the power of a community. Many leaders can get caught up in an individualistic culture, working on their success and growth independently, but that can lead to burnout and discouragement quickly.

Valuing community is not just a good practice for leaders; it’s an essential ingredient for their success and the well-being of the people they serve. By investing in building strong, engaged communities, leaders can create a more vibrant, resilient, and prosperous future for all. It helps you develop as a leader and a person and fosters a thriving environment that’s conducive to growth for everyone involved. Here’s why every leader should value community:

Enhanced guidance and decision-making

Even as a leader, there may be areas in your practice where you are lacking. In times when your skills or knowledge fall short, your community can help fill in the gaps and usher in a new perspective you may not have thought of before. Valuing your community can look like involving them in decision-making and problem-solving. Leaders empower individuals and encourage a sense of ownership over the community’s direction.

Communities are often made up of individuals with varied backgrounds and experiences. Leaders who tap into this diversity gain access to a wider range of viewpoints, fostering more creative and well-rounded solutions. These different perspectives help leaders make informed decisions that are relevant and impactful and foster a shared vision and mission for the business that everyone is satisfied with.

Tapping into a community is especially helpful for new leaders who are just starting their business. Networking can help you build essential connections that can take your enterprise to the next level. Networking for startups doesn’t just involve creating and maintaining relationships with important figures who are integral to your company but also providing assistance and support to each other’s businesses, careers, or passions.

Connecting with other people with varying positions, seniority, experiences, and industries helps you create a flourishing community in which you can receive and give help and support. Through this community, you can find the right candidates who can get your business up and running and receive guidance from industry leaders. Valuing your community can make a difference in your business and how you run it.

Boosted morale and engagement

When leaders demonstrate a genuine interest in the community and its members, they foster a sense of belonging and shared purpose. This can lead to increased morale, commitment, and ownership among community members. Taking the time to care for those you lead by learning about their skills and interests, understanding their obstacles, providing them with resources, and sharing your successes and failures can give you insight into how you can be a better leader and improve your business community. Employees want a leader who does more than give orders or delegate tasks; they want to know that they’re valued and appreciated.

As a leader, your community is paramount to your leadership and success. Not only do you gain new perspectives and guidance from people of all backgrounds and positions, but it’s also an opportunity for you to give back to those who have helped you along the way. Reaching out and caring for others is not a sign of failure as a leader but the mark of someone humble and willing to grow—qualities that are crucial for anyone making their way in the business world.

About our guest blogger, Rosette Jonesse – Rosette is a business consultant and part-time writer. Her spare time is spent contributing to blogs and caring for her grandmother who has looked after her since she was young.

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