Most business owners and entrepreneurs are leaders. Many business owners in our communities are leaders of local groups and associations. Good leaders must lead by example. Through their actions, which are aligned with what they say, they become a person others want to follow. When leaders say one thing but do another, they erode trust, a critical element of effective leadership. Here are some of the ways that conscious business owners lead by example.
Take responsibility. Blaming others costs you your credibility, integrity and stunts your (business) growth. Take responsibility for mistakes and mishaps, they happen. Keep your eye focused on your vision and moving forward. How can you take responsibility in a positive way and move on?
Be truthful. Part of taking responsibility is telling the truth. Demonstrate that honesty really IS the best policy.
Be courageous. Be willing to take the first step into the fire (a crisis). Show others your commitment to the larger vision. Taking calculated risks demonstrates that.
Acknowledge mistakes. It makes it OK for your team to do the same. Every person who has achieved a level of success has made many mistakes along the way. Knowing mistakes are part of the process, allows people room to be human and grow.
Be persistent and consistent. Try, try and try again. The willingness to go over, under or around any hurdles shows your employees and clients that obstacles don’t define you or your company. Being consistent makes people feel comfortable with you. Comfort leads to trust. Trust leads to life-long clients.
Create solutions. Don’t dwell on problems or challenges. Be the one known for offering solutions. Be sure to include your team. Everyone sees challenges from a different angle, someone on your team may have a solution that you would never have come up with.
Listen. Ask questions. Ask questions of yourself, and see what valuable new insights come out of you. Asking questions in search of new ideas sets a tone that encourages healthy communication and inspiration.
Delegate. Allowing others to try new tasks and skills creates an atmosphere in which people can focus on their core strengths. It also allows them to discover new strengths they might not have known about.
Being a business owner is all about leadership. You are leading your employees to find new and exciting ways to take care of your clients and help them get closer to their goals.