18 Mar Effective Leadership
Solid leadership is a combination of instinct and education. Great leaders carry a charisma: some of it is inborn, some of it through the development of skills that bring them confidence. It is never all of one and none of the other, but a balance of the two. Effective leadership encompasses more than sheer charisma, it is the magic that causes people to follow when it doesn’t make logical sense to do so. It enables groups of followers to weather storms, fight uphill battles and stretch their own limits beyond what was thought possible. I know this because I’ve worked with a great number of people that were by my side as we weathered our storms and fought our battles through the years in business. Most importantly, they accomplished more than ever thought possible.
Are you a Leader or a Manager? There is a difference between the two. Managers make sure that things are sunning smoothly, leaders create change and followings through vision. They create visions in which others can believe. They can see the totality of their company and their cross-functional teams know how to work as a whole enterprise.
Many people become tired of working for others and have a desire to strike out on their own, particularly if they have been successful as a manager or a technician. This is why most start-up businesses fail. The business was not started by an entrepreneur with the passion, vision and purpose needed for success. They think that because they understand how to do the work, they know how to build a business that works.
If you have the desire to start a business, work on your leadership skills. Know that you have the ability to influence people in a positive manner. This is the first step to becoming an entrepreneur.