As you may have noticed, your role as an entrepreneur casts you immediately into a leadership role as soon as you bring in anyone to your business.
Honing your leadership skills will help you grow your business. As you increase your leadership skills it will also enhance your networking efforts. As you are seen more and more out in the market place as a leader, people will follow.
Now with that said, you don’t just want to people to follow you. You will want to inspire and motivate people into becoming leaders in their own right.
In researching this topic I ran across a statement by Andy Christiansen, President of High Capacity Leadership Training in Georgia –
“One of the biggest mistakes many entrepreneurs make is confusing management with leadership. Management is more about overseeing the accomplishment of tasks – it doesn’t go much beyond that day to day. Leadership is much bigger than that. It’s about taking people somewhere by inspiring and motivating them. If all you’re doing is managing, you’re not really leading.”
After reading that statement it really made me stop and think about what I was doing in my business.
Was I leading or managing?
Well I am going to be very honest here… I was doing both but; I have to admit I was spending a lot more time managing than leading. What an eye opener for me! So I immediately planned on changing that aspect of my business and my team.
How was I going to do that?
One word – Vision
I had been managing my business really just as a task-oriented manger. I needed to change this with a “vision” of where we were all headed. Not just how to get there!
So my partners and I got together to discuss what that future would look like and what our team’ s real contribution would be to the marketplace and our new partners and clients.
We finally had a direction that got us all very excited! We as leaders all have different strengths and would build our vision based on those strengths.
We identified a strong need in the home based business industry of people needing one-one-one help and training with how to start their home business and then how to market it. That’s where we shine!
With all the different strengths our core leadership team has we could provide years of expertise in many different areas to our clients. How exciting!
Now there is a vision we needed some with guidelines.
#1 – Integrity
As leaders we “must” do exactly what we say we will do. Every time. People are looking for leaders with integrity. This is our core value in our leadership team and we walk the talk.
#2 – Accountability
Our leadership team set goals and hold each other accountable to those goals. This really has helped the business continue to move forward. We also pair up people in our group so they have an accountability partner. This accountability partner program is also for encouragement and problem solving for both their businesses.
#3 – Mentoring
An important part of being a leader is also finding mentors of your own. You can spend time with leaders that you know or you can hire a leadership coach. It is important while looking for the mentors for you or your team to not just decide a mentor by age because of experience. Wisdom travels both ways!
#4 – Feedback
Be open to receiving leadership feedback from others. This will only make you a better leader and grow your business.
I have to say that researching this topic really helped me put my leadership and management skills into perspective. I feel more confident about the direction my business and my team are headed.
How are your Leadership skills? Are you managing or leading?
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