Everyone talks about leadership. A leader is somebody whom people follow, and a leader has authority. But what is it like to be a great leader? We want to learn new skills when we aspire to become great leaders and successful entrepreneurs.
Here are skills that will be essential and easy to achieve.
Develop a strategic vision
Passion and a fantastic business idea aren’t enough to succeed in business. Define your strategic vision first! We can define a strategic vision as “What the organization hopes to become.”
Once you have that strategic vision defined, you can develop a strategy or a business plan that outlines how you’ll achieve that vision.
A good strategy provides a clear roadmap and specifies the actions people in the business should take (and not take) and what they should prioritize (and not prioritize) to achieve desired goals.
Don’t forget to share your vision with your team and put a time frame to achieve this vision.
Learn how to communicate
To lead successfully, you must share what you expect from others. Focus on the purpose of your communication and know your audience. It would help if you crafted your messages for the intended audience (your team, a supplier, or a customer).
Remember, the essential communication skill for leaders is the ability to listen before they talk.
Surround yourself with a strong team
The best leaders have talented people working alongside them and “behind the scenes,” driving different aspects of the business and overall success.
Not ready to hire anyone?
What about the consultants you work with (lawyer, accountant, etc.)? Bounce ideas and strategies and have them challenge your decisions! A good team is always stronger than an individual, so don’t forget to get people on board (this could be for a few hours per week or month).
Lead by example
Leaders inspire others to look up to them by telling the truth and integrity with what they promise. I always ask my team if they are ready to help me with projects X or Y… and I help them if needed.
Be approachable, listen more than you speak, welcome mistakes, and reward originality.
I love to say that I’m perfectly imperfect!
Embrace imperfection and learn how to become a better leader.
Read many blogs, listen to different podcasts, take an online course, and join a community of great leaders (you can find many great groups on social media)… because learning leadership is like learning any other skill.
Imperfection is real. Perfection is not!
What about you? How good are your leadership skills?
Comment below; I’d love to know what kind of leader inspires you.