At Simply Business we believe one of, if not the most, critical factors in the success of a business is its’ leadership. Or the converse, the lack of business success can be primarily attributed to a lack of leadership.
Early studies suggested that leaders were born, not made, however today’s research clearly indicates that skills required for effective leadership can be learnt.
So what defines good leadership?
As a starting point, we would like to show in simplistic terms the difference between leadership and management.
|Bottom line focused||Top line focus|
|How can I best accomplish certain things||What are the right things I can accomplish|
|Doing things right||Doing the right things|
|Protects current situation||Adapts to rapidly changing|
So, what are the characteristics that make up a good business leader?
Following are some characteristics we believe to be the core fundamentals which make a good business leader;
- Passionate; To be successful in business, there is a need to be passionate about what you do. You have to love what you do, and you have to persevere despite the odds. They are also passionate about the company, the product and the people.
- Vision; Leaders have a clear vision about where they are going, how they are going to get there and are able to convince others to follow them. Great leaders also have the ability to think big and often with a higher purpose
- Continually improving: Are active participants who continually improve themselves & the business they own or work for
- Success: They not only know what to do to achieve success, how to do it and they achieve it. They know how to define it, achieve it & most importantly, know how to celebrate it
- Highly effective; Leaders have to be able to manage themselves in order to be able to manage others. Highly effective people have clear ability to define vision, set and achieve objectives, be good time managers, set priorities, and are highly productive.
- Good People Managers; Great leaders get things done through people, build a structure that does not have them as the focus, and have well-structured systems and procedures for their people to follow.
- Self-awareness: Clearly aware of whom they are what they are, their strengths & even more their weaknesses. They strongly focus on their strengths.
So, how do you shape up? It is not about being the best in all areas. It is about self-awareness of the areas that if improved would provide the best opportunities for your personal and business development. i.e. to achieve your personal and business success.
To assist in the process we have developed a seminar, workshop and module to help others to develop their business leadership skills.
If you would like to improve business leadership skills, please contact us to find out more about an option to suit your needs. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 03 9797 0590.