7 Business Leadership Tips (1-4)

Leadership is everything. Without it, we would be living in total chaos. From Boy Scouts to the US Government, from your high school sports team to the military, from traditional business to network marketing, leadership is what separates the mediocre from the good, and the good from the great.

What is leadership?

According to Wikipedia, Leadership has been described as “a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”.[1] For example, some understand a leader simply as somebody whom people follow, or as somebody who guides or directs others, while others define leadership as “organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal”.
There are procedures and structures that, when followed, keep a business in sync, singing the same tune so to speak. In other words, the better and easier to follow the system, the more adherence of the organization. Where does one find the best business leadership tips? Well, if you are new to leadership, I will give you some simple leadership tips to assist you on your journey. If you are an established leader in your current company, I’ll give you some leadership tips that will help sharpen your skills.
If you follow these simple business leadership tips, you should see better retention, better results, and eventually, more profits.

7 Business Leadership Tips for today’s Entrepreneur

  1. Don’t be afraid of the truth.
    Be willing to always look at the truth and accept the truth, even if it is uncomfortable. That includes truths about yourself, your product or service, your partners and customers. If your product sucks and your team mates aren’t performing, pretending that everything i perfect won’t change anything. At the same time, don’t be so hard on yourself either. Just look at the situation, address it, and move on.
  2. Honor the past, build for the future.
    In one of my previous blogs, 2020 hindsight or 2020 foresight, I talk about living in prepare not in repair. When you’re leading a new team or joining a new organization, honor what has worked in the past, and then help build a bridge to the future. Too many leaders inherit a new team and want to tell everyone how much success they had in the past. They are proud of how good their old team was, and they want to share it. When leaders disrespect their new team, team members start asking each other the following questions: If your old organization or team was so good, why did you leave? If your old organization is so good, why don’t you go back? Build from the past, into the future. Don’t be so stuck looking in the rear view mirror.
  3. It’s not about you.
    This might be one of the most important business leadership tips. Learn and live by ‘It’s not about me, it’s about them’ every day and you can’t go wrong. Don’t make your leadership about being in charge, make it about them winning. It’s not about you being right, it’s about the win/win. It’s not about you getting promoted it’s about who you can promote. Make leadership about the cause of the organization, serving the legitimate needs of those you’re leading, and not taking yourself so darn seriously. You’ll have people lining up to work for and with you and the results will follow.
  4. Lead by example.
    Leaders need to show and do, not just tell. You want others to do what you do, not just what you say. If you want your team mates to be punctual, make sure you’re there on time — or even early. Make sure you’re dressed for success, and treat everyone you interact with (both online and offline) with courtesy. Set the tone and your team will follow

Id love to hear your leadership style and what is working for you.

Come back tomorrow for the rest of the 7 business leadership tips.

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  • Susan Gomez March 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

    LOVE the “Lead by Example” aspect! So true! Walk your talk!

  • Louis Di Bianco March 18, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Another great post with valuable insights. Thanks for reminding us that you must begin with the truth about yourself. That is the foundation of true leadership.The other great nugget that people should think about is your simple powerful phrase, “live in prepare, not in repair.” Actually, they should go past thinking about it and begin to implement it immediately.

  • Drew March 18, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks Louis. I appreciate your thoughts.

  • Drew March 18, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    great take away Susan! Thanks for leading by example:)