If you have just started your business, you need to keep in mind that there are many factors that will affect your leadership. It includes the market condition, the position of your competitors, the region of your business and also the country.
When it comes to leadership, one can find examples of leadership in small things as it is all around us. Whether there are five people working under you or five hundred, you have to guide them in the right direction and that is possible when you are aware about the changing trends that affect your business.
Being a leader is not a post that you get right away. It is process that you need to go through and the thing is that the process never ends. Most of the leaders, even on the top ones believe that they need to improve their skills for leadership. Those who are satisfied with their leadership skills are very few.
In any organization there is a need for a true leader and if the leader doesn’t have skills to change with time then there is a need to change the leader. This also applies to the nations and that is why there is chance for everyone who is ready to accept the change. The more information that you gather about the factors that affect your business, the better your decision will be. These factors are both internal and external.
If you want to change something then you should begun by changing yourself. Anyone wants to be a good leader needs to set goals and learn to follow them. Dedication and self-discipline are the characteristics that a leader must pursue. If you can truly influence yourself then your employees will be influenced by you.
Leaders are not born they are made. The process contains a journey within. A journey where one goes through several processes and also gets failed several times. The failure is the best teacher and when you fail, you need to analyze the mistakes. Being overconfident makes you blind to the facts and then every decision you make is not a decision from a true leader, but from a true pretender.
Your employees are your most important assets. If they don’t follow you then you are not a leader. However, it is a fact that you cannot keep every single employee in your organization happy. The decisions have to be made practically and it will be right for the right employees and wrong ones have to suffer. As you practice leadership in your organization, you will also be detecting other leaders. Choose employees who know their work and let them guide those who don’t. You don’t have to spoon-feed a potential leader, as they can learn values, principles and attitude by observing you.
Let’s see how some of the leaders define the leadership:
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. The greatest thing is when you do put your heart and soul into something over an extended period of time, and it is worth it. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. My favorite things in life don’t cost any money.” ~ Steve Jobs
“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.” ~ Chris Hadfield
“I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.” ~ Queen Elizabeth II
When we first hear leadership we see power, but forget about power, but a true leadership is in empowering. The process takes some time, often years but as the growth is certain if you have the right attitude and positive approach towards every situation. You cannot show signs of a great leader within few months, it’s a long process and you need to nurture it inside you.