Good management is important.
But the real key to business success is being a leader.
Are you leader or a manager?
There are four different kinds of people in business, which one are you?
- Me Firsters: People who are only interested in themselves and will stick a knife in your back at the first opportunity if it will help them.
- We Firsters: People who are only interested in pleasing you. They are the “yes people” who don’t want to buck the system and are afraid to express their true feelings.
- Deadwood: Perhaps well-meaning, but people who are so enmeshed in the system that they can’t do anything but follow rules and regulations no matter how foolish they are.
- Dedicated:The true leaders of an organization who will challenge the status quo because they have confidence in their convictions.
Business owners face the same four types. Unfortunately there are too few of the “dedicated” and too many of the other three.
Being a leader isn’t easy. You often have to put friendships aside for good of the organization. You cannot play favorites with the people who work for you or with clients and customers. A leader has to see the bigger picture and understand the broader implications of his or her decisions and the decisions of subordinates.
Leaders have the courage to act on their beliefs no matter the consequences. A leader has the ability to set a clear course for the enterprise and the courage to maintain it even when things become difficult. A true leader leads by example and when necessary challenges the status quo. A superior leader admits his or her mistakes and rectifies them quickly.
Who are you going to be when you get out of bed tomorrow? Will you be a strong leader, sticking to your beliefs in the face of challenges and adversity? If you can do this day after day, you will be exceptional at what you do and your organization will be better off for your efforts.
For a complete copy of Josh Slavitt’s article regarding Small Business Leadership, which ran in the Norwalk Hour, click the link above.
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