Many believe successful leaders are blessed or anointed in some way. The fact is being a successful leader is a choice. It takes focus, hard work, determination, patience and persistence. Do you have these qualities within you?
Every leader has her own strengths and weaknesses and its essential to create a plan to build on the positives including your passion, drive and vision and the actions, habits and focus to grow your own business.
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What is leadership? Dictionary.com says – One who guides or directs a group. To govern, direct, control. To be a steward. If you walk into a room and begin to tell people what to do does that make you a leader? Perhaps.
So what does it take to be a successful leader? A leader must define what needs to be done. Get people to take action on a task. A successful leader can get people to willingly take action and perform their tasks at the highest level of production possible. And that my friends, is the challenge.
Do you think leaders are born or made?
Think about one’s ability to become a great musical leader. It’s one thing to play a musical instrument; genes only give the potential to play music. To play great music, the musician must practice for many hours to perfect their craft.
A gymnast may have a natural talent, but without coaching and practice their ability to be successful is limited, even non-existent.
I think certain personalities are prone to leadership. But the fact is anyone can be a leader if they have the desire to lead and the willingness to do what it takes to be an effective leader.
Think about your own experiences; like most, I’m sure you’ve had an experience of working with a poor leader. What did you observe? What was the impact to you? How did they make you feel? What choices did they make? Could they have made different choices and obtained different results?
Did they have the willingness to learn to lead? The desire to lead is the most important trait. That is not to say desire is all you need. Because as we have already discussed – without learning a skill set to be effective even the greatest leader will be lost.
What does it take to be a successful leader?
One thing to understand is there are many different kinds of leaders and its not just one single trait that makes a successful leader. Successful leaders have a variety of traits that come together to create a total sum; personality, behaviors, thought processes, skills and attitude.
To become a successful business leader you have to begin to identify your personal and professional needs, values as well as your own strengths and weaknesses. And you must decide how you will adjust your methodology to accommodate for your weaknesses – this is key. Above all, as the leader of your company, you must decide how to lead them to a success outcome.
As the Chief Executive Owner (CEO) you are the thinker – not the doer and you have an obligation to ensure that the business model can sustain long term growth and expansion. It is important to define the roles, systems, expectations and guidelines of your business.
Here are some key objectives, traits and tips to creating a successful business culture.
There are four key objectives to becoming a successful CEO;
Define the vision of your business – let this be your leading voice when making decisions
Find ways to influence others to embrace your vision
Motivate others to achieve the goals of your vision
Play the role of teacher, coach, cheerleader and steward of your vision
In addition to these objectives there are specific traits of a successful CEO;
Model of integrity
Inspires others to reach beyond themselves to something bigger
Sets clear goals
Has high expectations
As you look to your own goals, objectives, strengths and weaknesses you will begin to define your own leadership style. Here are a few tips;
Become self – aware. Begin to acknowledge and accept your strengths and weaknesses and use your knowledge to perform better. Continue to learn as a leader. Become self-confident, motivated and passionate about your overall goals and objectives.
Embrace we rather then I. You can’t do everything and you can’t be everything. Create a team environment that is welcoming and encouraging.
Be the visionary, an innovative thinker. Always be thinking of new ideas, skills that foster future growth.
Improve your people skills. Create a business culture that drives success by uncovering the individual’s goals and objectives and align them with the proper team.
Establish a level of expectation & excellence – from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
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