So you've been trying to grow your business and now you're frustrated. Really frustrated. You want customers and clients, but so far, things aren't happening—at least not the way you'd like. Want to know why?
Leadership expert John C. Maxwell says, "Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." Read everywhere you can. This means on the bus, while waiting in line, or any time that you get a few minutes.
What we, as leaders, do every day, how we behave, the things we get involved in, how we set priorities—our people watch, observe, and emulate. What we do always trumps what we say.
Procrastination. We all do it. Put things off until later. Then later, we realize just how many things we've been putting off and just how big that "to do list" has become. Sound even remotely familiar? Well, today's the day to quit procrastinating and take control of your life again.
Ideally, business owners should strive to be a likeable leader—yet not too likeable, lest they be mistaken for a pushover. Finding the right balance between the two can be tricky. Here are some tips for being a likeable leader without being a pushover.
No one can be certain what tomorrow will bring, so it is critical that every entrepreneur or manager has a successor in place. This is typically a two-step process: First, you have to find the right individual; then you have to provide training to ensure the person is prepared to handle the demands of the role.
Work. Life. It's the war of the worlds. At least, it seems like it. You work all day, and it never seems like you get a break—even when you kick your feet up on the coffee table at home. You're stressed out, and you're not getting good sleep.
Integrity: Sometimes we wonder if it exists anywhere anymore. The news can make us so jaded that we're surprised when we hear that someone has actually done the right thing.
Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world. But in 1995, when the company launched, it was an online book retailer. The key to Amazon's success? Founder Jeff Bezos. His unique managing style has spurred company evolution and innovation since its birth.
Rarely is a great leader born. Developing leadership capacity and the "must have" leadership characteristics does not happen by accident. Organizations cannot sit back and hope leaders develop.