Small business people are typically bad leaders. I know I was! For years I just stood up in front of the team and said, “Come on, we’re going this way, get on the bus or get off – I don’t care.”
Leaders aren’t born; they evolve. And to evolve you must first be aware.
In the real world to be a good leader you need to be a mix of these personality traits:
- The Master: the person that everyone looks up to as the true visionary, and not just your vision, but a vision for all.
- The Mentor: in order for people to follow you, you need to learn what to learn while you teach. Know how to share your experiences as opposed to just handing out opinions or advice.
- The Manager: issuing instructions to subordinates isn’t managing. Leading people is more about managing your own actions than their actions. They will follow your discipline.
- The Mate: you need to have compassion and show that you can be a mate when asked, or when you feel it’s appropriate. Be friendly but firm and empathetic but distant enough to avoid drama.
Without all of these traits you’re not leading your people, you are threatening them to follow you.