As an entrepreneur, you’re expected to carve your own path - and you’ll undoubtedly face roadblocks along the way. When faced with divergence, find purpose in the moment and make a conscious decision to respond. Take time to reflect on why the situation occurred and what you might learn from it. Then use this knowledge to navigate your path forward.
Behind every successful leader is a team of associates with one goal in mind - ensuring the others succeed. Whether you’re the CEO, manager, or junior associate, focus on the team members in your direct chain of command. You might make sure a hard-working subordinate gets the limelight they deserve, but do you focus on making your manager more successful, too?
Key leadership traits often include words like accountability, persistence, and agility. However, one of the most overlooked and underutilized characteristics is gratitude. Research has proven that people who are grateful not only seek out more success, they draw more success to their lives. Gratitude can foster a bond, promote loyalty, and encourage mutual support.
There are two very specific questions every organization must ask. Who are our customers and what is our core competency?
Workplace diversity matters. Data has proven that inclusion promotes an innovative, more intelligent, and dedicated staff, which leads to increased performance and revenue. As a leader, how do you get there?
If attitudes are contagious, make sure you’re spreading the right one. Executives are reminded to lead by example, and always with a positive attitude. But how is positivity emanated? Practice a new paradigm by starting with “yes!” An attitude is an outlook, but “yes” is a declaration. When you start with “yes,” every challenge has a solution, every obstacle can be overcome, and every expectation met.
Credibility can be defined as the power of inspiring belief. It is at the core of all relationships, and once you lose it, it can be the hardest thing to get back. Living up to clients’ expectations can be challenging at times, but if you maintain your credibility as true, real and honest, you are demonstrating the qualities of a strong leader.
Everyone’s done it. You have a deadline, but you’re not quite motivated to complete it just yet, so you don’t. Unfortunately, procrastination has a drastic effects on the workplace, so it’s best to work hard to prevent it. Thankfully, there are several solid solutions. Hold your employees accountable. If you clearly communicate what needs to get done and the urgency of the matter, your employees will work more efficiently to complete it. You can also reward performance. If your employees are continually working diligently and ahead of schedule, don’t let that go unnoticed. Procrastination wastes precious time that you only have so much of, so purge it while you’re ahead.