Leadership Means Service – In the Business Trenches
February 25, 2010
Leaders don’t sit around waiting or hoping for something to happen-leaders MAKE amazing things happen! Instead of excuses or blame, leaders deliver solutions and results. Leaders go above and beyond the call of duty. Doing a good job is not enough-leaders push themselves to greatness. Anyone at any level can be a leader by stepping up and taking initiative.
Leaders influence and inspire others by actions, not by words, and work to achieve specific results by working collaboratively with others. They are more concerned with the success of the team than their own personal gain. And, leadership doesn’t just apply to your troops-your clients are also counting on you to be the expert who will guide them through unfamiliar territory by protecting and advancing their best interests.
LEADERSHIP MEANS SERVICE
There’s a stereotype out there that when you get to be the boss you get to put your feet up on the desk, clamp a cigar between your teeth, and order people around. The boss reaps the profits while the grunts do all the work, right? Wrong. Making a business work is a team effort, not a one-man show. Even if you’re a sole proprietor, you’ve still got to have a team; what about your vendors, your clients, your mentors, your CPA, your spouse and family, your colleagues, and/or your coach or mastermind group?
In a team, everybody has a job to do, and the leader’s job is to get results and to steer the business wisely so that it prospers and provides services for customers and a place to work for the employees. And barking out orders is not the way to prosperity-teamwork is.
Do you open staff meetings by saying, “Here’s what we’re going to do, because I say so, period.” or by saying, “Here’s the situation. What do you think? How can we solve this?” There’s a leader trait. Ask people what they think and listen to them.
True leaders understand and leverage the power of A.L.L.-Ask, Listen, and Learn. It’s ALL or nothing.
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I am a business coach, author, speaker, top-producer in residential real estate, creator of Soldiers Impact, and most importantly-a Marine. http://www.soldiersimpact.com
I have been spending a lot of his time championing the cause of seeing military personnel effectively transition into the workplace once they leave active duty. There are nearly 500,000 individuals annually who find themselves in this position. With their leadership and training, I believe that many of them have the abilities to be successful entrepreneurs and business leaders.
My mission is to provide them with a little guidance to uncover 10 entrepreneurial principles that they learned in the military – and how to directly apply them to business ownership.
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