Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Two Kinds of Leaders, Which Are You?


I have worked for and with many small business owners and entrepreneurs and have seen them suffer with cash flow, turnover, employees, partners, marketing and all the challenges of effectively running a business. Some change too fast, some not fast enough. I realized that many of the challenges had to do with the need to fully develop their personal leadership abilities. 
Basically there are two kinds of leaders: the kind of leader you want to follow vs. the kind of leader you want to pass and leave behind. Simply being in the lead can make you a target instead of a leader.
How do you become the kind of leader others want to follow? How can you learn to delegate effectively, accomplish twice as much in half the time and balance your life to include the freedom and success you want along with the kind of relationships you enjoy? 

The one thing people are never good at is seeing themselves as others see them. When you look at the best and brightest who stay the best and brightest, most of them have trustworthy and reliable advisers and coaches who can watch what they do and reflect back to them how they come across, how they look, give them perspective and see if this is what they really meant. Do you have someone who is unbiased to do this for you?

Personal business leadership is one niche I have been successfully coaching since 2001. Your personal challenges at some point will tend to become your business challenges. The abilities that get you to one level can sabotage you from getting to the next. You have to lead yourself, and you have to do it well.

How well are you leading yourself?