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|Original Message Added : 13 Jun 2011|
I'll go first....'Do as I do'....is most important to me,to lead by example.
I can't stand 'do as I say, not as I do' people, they never endear themselves, personally or professionally!
So what about you guys, interested to read your thoughts
|Reply : 13 Jun 2011|
I would say taking total and utter 100% responsibility for what happens in your business.
Never blaming others, just realising that people (including you!) only ever do the best they can in the absence of a good system
Read "E-Myth Revisited" and "E-Myth Manager" by Michael E Gerber for more on this topic and I also recommend the "One Minute Manager" by Ken Blanchard.
Another great quote from those books is about being able to delegate, not abdicate - that's a cracker too!
Systemise all tasks (tasks being things that need doing in your business over and over again) then simply list or document the process by which YOU want that task done, then put those process maps in your "How We Do It Here" manual, then you are halfway there.
If an employee or outsourcer then doesn't do it how you want it done, they are either unaware of the system, unable to follow the system (and may be able to suggest improvements) or unwilling to follow the system (replace with someone who is).
I have had many, many business failures before a couple of notable successes, and I can honestly say they were mostly down to me not taking full responsiblity, trying to abdicate not delegate (to business partners AND employees!) and not creating good sytems.
Oh, and not doing any market research, but that's a whole other reply LOL
The Business Success Factory
|Reply : 13 Jun 2011|
Thanks for the reply, totally agree with you that taking responsibility is massively important in business, I'll start a thread on the importance of market research later lol, a pitfall we all fall into from time to time!
Regards and have a great day!
|Reply : 7 Jul 2011|
Thanks for posting an interesting and very apt question.
There are a number of qualities that a leader can display - after of course we identify what kind of leader you are speaking of. As many might agree everyone is a leader at some point in their lives - may it be as a parent, as a family member, as a sportsteam member, as a member of a club, amongst friends and as you say in business.
From your post one could imply that you see each of these leadership functions differ in quality? How would you say do the capabilities and qualities change for each of those categories?
As you are asking our opinion - I will share my views on this topic, as from my perspective and experience there is a number of qualities that may apply: charisma, ability to build, have and share a vision, integrity, humour, ability to build trust in others, honesty, personal impact through acting authentically. This means for me that a leader is passionate about their cause and know how to instill the drive in others to help realised this. So if I would ask myself the question I have asked you further up in this post then I would say that the qualities may well be the same across each area - just how far each of those has been developed, worked on and displayed, that's where the differences of impact are visible.
Enjoy the rest of the week.
|Reply : 11 Jul 2011|
Thanks, glad you liked my question.
I believe there are different leadership styles for example autocratic, democratic and bureaucratic.
They all have their own advantages and disadvantages.
I think, in an ideal world a good leader will adopt each of these key leadership styles when dealing with people which is very important as everyone is different and like to be treated with respect.
Read more here if you want to go more in depth