Today, I attended the Art of Leadership conference in Vancouver. The headline speaker was former Vice President, Joe Biden, who along with the other speakers, spoke about the value of Leadership.
There were many highlights to the day. What I really enjoyed was getting sound bites from each speaker. All of which helps in my learning and improvement of being a better Leader. Although I do not have any employees, working with Small Business Owners requires me to flex my Leadership skills.
Lead by the power of your example, not by the example of your power - Joe Biden
This quote reminded me of a conversation I had with my Dad the other day. With all of the companies I have ever worked for or worked with, one common denominator in determining the culture, was tone from the top. You can't expect your employees to do something, if you are unwilling to do the same thing yourself. You may have the title, but if you don't have the trust of your team, your business will not last.
Also, you need to be willing to hear about the good and the bad. Having a bunch of employees who simply agree with everything you say, does not make you a good Leader. There will be times when you will not be everybody's buddy, and that is okay. You will need to make decisions that not everybody will like, and that is okay. Good Leaders accept the moment when decisions are made for the better of the business.
As a business owner, you have the ability to be the Leader in your business. Learn to be the Leader you were meant to be, and the business will follow.
Entrepreneur, bike spinner, and resident of beautiful Steveston, BC.