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What makes a strong leader?

July 6, 2010 - Tags: Managing

Istock 000005450480xsmallAs a business owner with employees, you are also a boss. But how do you become an effective leader of your troops? Like many entrepreneurs, you may have started your business with little or no prior management experience. If so, to become a strong leader, you may have to learn on the fly.

Our Leadership skills page offers ideas and resources that can help you understand what it takes to hone your craft as a leader. You will also find our list of Essential Qualities of a Strong Leader highlighting attributes such as:

  • Conviction
  • Sharing your "team" vision
  • Communication
  • Delegation of tasks
  • Rewarding your employees

For more information on leadership, check out the Management leadership section of Management and operations.

Comments

Years back in college, I learned about the difference between ‘Managing’ and ‘Leading’. 

Not unlike Management, LEADERSHIP is an OBSERVABLE, LEARNABLE set of PRACTICES. I believe one of the keys to Leadership is a kind heart and self-less attitude that can turn practice of these 10 Commitments of Leadership into natural talent.

1. You Search out challenging opportunities to change, grow, innovate, and improve.

2. You Experiment, take risks, and learn from mistakes.

3. You Envision an uplifting future.

4. You Enlist others in a common vision by appealing to their values, interests, hopes, and dreams.

5. You Encourage collaboration by promotions, cooperative goals, and building trust.

6. You Strengthen people by giving your power away, providing choice, assigning critical tasks, and offering visible support.

7. You Set the example by behaving in ways that are consistent with shared values.

8. You Achieve small winds and take step by step action that permits consistent progress and builds commitment.

9. You Recognize individual contributions to the success of every project.

10. You Celebrate team accomplishments regularly.

By Michelle on July 13, 2010

What an excellent site. A leader must never expect his followers to do things which he has not done. A good leader leads by examples.  In other words he must be able to walk the talk.

My life experience has prepared me well for the leadership role.

By Shakela on July 13, 2010

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