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.
Most companies could run more efficiently, but something is holding them back. When going about your daily activities, ask yourself, “Does this task provide value to the company? If so, what is that value?” If you can’t identify the value, maybe you should focus your efforts on something else.
With so many people trying to think outside of the box, it’s become a cliché that doesn’t carry the same meaning. Sometimes the answer you’re looking for is right in front of you but you look past it. Take some time to slow down and open your eyes and you may discover some hidden gems inside the box.
When it comes to leading and managing a company, or even a team, it’s easy to get caught up in what you want and how decisions will impact you personally. However, as a leader, it’s not all about you. Rather, it’s about the mission of your organization and how you serve your clients and community. All decisions and meetings should be focused on how you contribute to your organizational goals and satisfy your clients. If you’re like me, you founded your company in order to make a visible difference. Focus your business decisions not on personal gain, but on sticking to your mission.
No matter what stage you’re at in your career, you can always benefit from mentorship. Whether you’re a recent college graduate or an experienced CEO, you can always learn more from someone who has been where you are. The value of mentorship is often undervalued. However, there’s power in having a mentor who is able to present a differing point of view and can relay leadership strategies in a hands-on setting.
Sometimes leaders try to take everything on themselves. But that’s not leading, that’s failing to delegate. You can’t do it all on your own. Let your staff do what they do best, and find business partners and employees who can balance out your weaknesses. There’s a time tested African proverb that says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
When it comes to innovation, people often think of new inventions and modern technology. However, some of the most innovative ideas include processes and improved methods. It’s important to encourage your team to discover alternative ways to complete projects that may be more efficient and less time consuming, saving your clients time and money. Don’t let team members get stuck in a rut of performing projects a specific way because that’s how it has always been done. Help your team stretch their minds and explore alternative ideas.
There’s an increasing amount of CEOs and notable leaders who rise to the top and come crashing down due to scandals. As a leader, there comes an insurmountable pressure to continue to achieve. However, it’s crucial that you take a step back and remember the values that got you where you are in the first place and hold on tight to those principals. Don’t lose sight of those values for fleeting fixations like increased revenue and market share. Remain true to your vision and goals, and you will be able to rise to the top without losing the values that got you there.
Many ambitious individuals strive to work their way up the ladder in order to become a leader for the money, power, and a prestigious position. What they fail to realize at first is the substantial sacrifice that is involved. An increase in leadership results in a corresponding growth in responsibilities, limitations, and accountability. A lack of time to enjoy your hobbies or many aspects of your personal life, high stress levels, moving across the country, or the cost for necessary schooling and training are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the sacrifices leaders make daily. Leadership is sacrifice, but when the role is a perfect fit, the benefits far outweigh the costs.