Jeffry Schneider, entrepreneur and leader

Jeffry Schneider is a man with over 25 years’ worth of experience in the business community. He founded his own company and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer.  Jeffry’s firm has grown under his expertise and team leadership qualities, now employing more than 55 dedicated people in addition to being well known in his industry.

The success of every company or project comes down to having a good leader. These leaders interact positively with members of their team, helping them by giving constructive criticism or advice. There are many things that make a good leader, and below is a list of only some:

1) Interaction

Being the team leader means taking the final responsibility of how much production was completed by every employee or person involved.  So, to ensure a task, goal or project gets done properly, a leader needs to have communication skills that go further than just instructions. This includes in person things like discussions with the entire team and one on one talks. It is important to remember communication also involves being a good listener.

2) Inspiration

A team leader knows how to give their employees motivation to do the extra work, the kind that doesn’t come from receiving a salary. Although an occasional pat on the back, either literally or figuratively, can do wonders, things like awards or other types of public recognition may boost both self-esteem and the employee’s desire to invest more in the organization.

A leader also recognizes not everyone reacts the same to compliments.   Due to this a leader must also observe and then act accordingly based on each individual employee.

3) Not being spread too thin

Some team leaders take on too many tasks as they think delegating them will perceived a sign of their own inability to complete these tasks.  This strategy tends to make it difficult for the leaders to finish everything on time. By assigning some of these tasks to employees who are skilled in that area, more gets done, the employees feel less separated from the leader, and the leader can concentrate on things of higher importance.

4) Staying positive and being trustworthy

As team leader, being able to maintain an upbeat, amiable demeanor even when things aren’t going well helps employees to not only do the same but to view the office as a less stressful environment, which tends to mean more high-quality work getting done. This also includes taking responsibility when necessary; staying away from pointing fingers.

Exhibiting trustworthiness makes employees much more likely to approach their leader or manager for help or with concerns or uncertainties. This is important as miscommunications or unshared information can be detrimental to a project.

5) Being committed

If a team leader leaves is constantly unavailable or doesn’t follow through on promises, employees will think that the leader doesn’t care or can’t be trusted. A leader must be sure to do the kind of work they expect from employees, and this includes staying late to finish a project or coming in early when things aren’t going well.

Jeffry Schneider has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts. He currently lives near Austin, Texas, and does charity work for organizations such as the Cherokee Home for Children, Wonders and Worries, and the Gazelle Foundation.