Developing the appropriate business leadership skills doesn’t happen overnight, especially the kind that help you scale a startup. These leadership traits come when regular business people become proactive about accessing their long-term potential. Gaining some of these traits even require letting old habits die.
You can’t go it alone. Even though you’ve been told your entire career. “if you want something done right, do it yourself!”. This will just leave you tired, bitter, and with a failed business.
The difference between a budding entrepreneur and a successful business person it the ability to assign tasks that others can do just as well–maybe even better than you, the boss. If you ever walk into a restaurant, you shouldn’t see the owner chopping salad while the line gets backed up. In order to see your business scale, you have to have an eye on the whole picture. You won’t be able to anticipate and plan for success if you’re caught up in menial tasks.
Nurture vs. Nature
Grow with your business and lead by example. Nurturing your team (and self) is how you will remain focused and avoid becoming overwhelmed. Nurturing your team includes doing what it takes to help them refine their skills, learn more about your market, and improving everyone’s overall business acumen.
Creating feedback loops are crucial if you’re looking to scale. A feedback loop happens when a team, including the CEO, create a scheduled system of one on one meetings to provide and receive feedback. Feedback loops can become embedded into your business if you make them a priority. Be consistent and provide valuable keynotes to staff. The result is progress and being able to see how all the moving parts are functioning.
Business leadership skills are what will take you to a whole new level of entrepreneurship and the ability to help businesses scale.