"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm ... As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others." -- Audrey Hepburn
Leadership: Essentials for Joy and Prosperity
Cool-headed, farseeing, visionary, courageous - whichever adjectives you choose, leadership is a winning combination of personal traits and the ability to think and act as a leader, a person who directs the activities of others for the good of all. Anyone can be a leader, even if the only person they're leading is themselves.
Leadserhip skills can be learned, developed and implemented. Business leadership, like leadership of any kind, is always a process. Transform yourself into the kind of leader your small business needs with these five essentials to business leadership.
For Effective Business Leadership:
1. A leader plans.
The core of business leadership is being proactive rather than reactive. Sure, leaders are good in crises - but think how much more time and joy your organization would have if a crisis never developed. Leadership involves identifying potential problems and solving them before they reach crisis proportions – and the ability to identify and reap potential benefits. So good leaders analyze gather input and adapt their plans to new circumstances and opportunities.
2. A leader has a vision.
Vision is essential to good leadership. Vision provides direction and without direction, there’s not much point to all that planning; your small business or organization will, at best, be treading water, and continuously feel the panic of possibly sinking. Take your first step towards business leadership by creating a Vision Statement for your business. Because it embodies your dreams and your passions, a vision statement will also serve as a leadership vision.
3. A leader shares her vision.
Sharing your leadership vision helps your vision grow and your business leadership develop. As you tell your leadership vision to others, you will strengthen your own belief in your vision and strengthen your determination to make your leadership vision become reality. And other people will start to see you as a person who's "going places". Your business leadership skills will grow as you and other people recognize you as a person with leadership potential.
4. A leader takes charge.
At this stage of business leadership, you put together your planning and your leadership vision and take action. Whether it's implementing a specific plan to improve your business's bottom line or responding to a crisis, you, as the leader, are the one who makes the decisions and sees that the appropriate actions are carried out. You can't just "talk a good game" to be a leader; you need to act and to be seen as taking effective action for the good of your small business or organization
5. A leader inspires through example.
If I asked you, you could easily name three people whose leadership qualities inspire you. If I asked you why, you’d tell me about the things these inspiring people did or are doing. Leadership is defined through action. Therefore, in developing your own business leadership skills, you have to act in ways that are fitting to your leadership vision and your self - all the time. We can all name many actions of other people whom we admire, but what inspires us is the integrity and authenticity; being true to ourselves, that gives these actions meaning.
The Value of Business Leadership
Learning to be a leader isn't easy because it takes a conscious commitment and consistent effort to develop one's business leadership skills. But on the positive side, anyone who is willing to make the effort can become a good leader, and an outstanding leader if they exercise their leadership muscles, practice consistently, celebrate and seek input from others.
And as good business leadership is critical to business success, your efforts to improve your leadership skills will be amply rewarded. By working on these five essentials to business leadership, you can be the leader your small business needs and find the joy of prosperity which leads to a life with the freedom of contribution.
We at JoyceVentures are happy to guide small businesses and organizations through the process of leadership. Contact us for speaking engagements or private consultation. www.joyceventures.com