There are a lot of reasons why a business might succeed or fail that are somewhat out of your hands. But by the same token, you have a great deal of influence on the success of your business. It’s incredibly easy to look at a successful business and feel a sense of pride and accomplishment, to tell yourself that you’re the reason that the business is doing well.

But it can also be far too easy, when things aren’t going so well, to look around for anyone to blame but yourself. However, the sad truth is that there’s a decent chance that you could be the reason why your business is failing. Luckily, that’s not the way that things have to be and there are things that you can do. Here are a few ways to be a little more introspective and make sure that you’re not the one dragging down your business.

Always keep learning

Never assume that just because you’re at the top of the business that you can get away with not trying to push yourself forward and learn all the time. The truth is that every business owner should constantly be learning new things so that they’re in the best possible position to take care of their business.

Whether you decide to do this through night classes, online MBA universities, or any other method, the key is to make sure that you’re always honing your skills and your knowledge no matter what. If you start to get lazy, then it’s your business that’s going to suffer for it.

Start listening

Far too many business owners assume that they always know best and that it’s everyone else’s job to do what they say and nothing else. However, running a business is, and always should be, a collaborative effort. If you’re not willing to listen to your employees and partners, then you’re almost certainly going to end up steering your business in the wrong direction. Businesses are made up of teams of people, not individuals. If you can’t be a team player, you’re never going to be a great leader.

Stop assuming you’re right

When you’re the one who’s guided a business to any degree of success, it’s incredibly easy to start to feel as though you’re the sole reason why things have gone well and that your intuition is always on point. However, the truth is that you’re just as capable of making mistakes as anyone else and you should never assume that what you’re doing is right. If you do, you’re going to end up taking less care over what you’re doing than you should which is just going to cause a lot of problems for everyone.

A lot of these things involve becoming a lot more humble than you might have been before. It’s all too easy to end up feeling as though you always know what you’re talking about, no matter what happens in your business. However, the truth is that you and your business are both always coming across new challenges that you need to overcome. If you’re not willing to look at yourself and where you need to improve, then you’re never going to be able to do that.