It Starts with You!
Whether you are just starting your entrepreneurial journey, or you have years of experience, one aspect will not escape you…Leadership!
Leadership is at the root of every great thing the world has ever created. It is ingrained in every culture and every industry. Nations rise and fall on the effects of leadership. But how do you become a great leader?
First off, you may be thinking, “Why do I need to read about leadership, I am the only person running my business?” It doesn’t matter if you are a solopreneur, a teacher, or a parent, leadership skills can improve your life.
With the last of the baby boomers nearing retirement and the Gen Xers and Millennials taking the reins, we can no longer ignore the changes taking place in our society and our businesses.
Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Times have changed. Employees are no longer loyal to the company. They move around; they try things out. They are opportunity seekers. This causes issues such as an inexperienced workforce who never becomes expert at their craft.
But what does this mean to you? As an Entrepreneur, you have the ability to separate yourself from what has become “the norm” in the business world. Mediocrity has become an aspiration and excellence a folk tale.
In order to stand out as a great leader, you have to go inside yourself first. This is the fertile ground upon which leaders are grown. You will never be able to influence others without first influencing yourself.
Here are 5 steps to becoming a great leader from the inside out:
Vision – Leaders must know where they are heading in order to stay on course when they become sidetracked. How can you lead your team effectively, if you don’t know where you are going?
Responsible – A leader cannot be successful while blaming others for their shortcomings. They must take full responsibility for their actions and hold themselves accountable. I was always taught to take the blame, and give away the credit to those who deserve it.
Action – The best plans in the world are worthless without action. Today’s leaders must make quick decisions and act accordingly. If it doesn’t work, they simply try again.
Failure – A great leader must make failure their friend. You cannot further your range of possibility until you discover the limits you wish to expand.
Meditation – This is a busy, loud world. The amount of information and noise coming at us every day is overwhelming. We need to silence our mind to discover who we are, what makes us happy, and how we wish to help others. I make the best decisions during or after this process.
Stephen Covey said, “Leaders are not born or made – they are self-made.” The success of your business is a direct reflection of your leadership. Your leadership starts with you. The mindset and behaviors you create on the inside will become the standard of excellence you expect in your own life, and within the actions of the people you lead.
Jason C Adams
My name is Jason C Adams and I am on a mission to Finish What I Start! After 20+ years in various leadership positions for several Fortune 100 companies, I am looking beyond the cubicle, and discovering my true purpose as an international speaker and best-selling author. Though, I am not there yet, I am documenting my entire journey from Misery to Mastery. You can follow along at www.JasonCAdams.com.