We’ve done several Entrepreneur’s Playbooks based on leadership and I think it’s an area where pretty much everyone from staff to owner can take the time to improve upon.
AccountingWeb recently featured an article by Mark Walsh, a specialist in leadership, stress management, and time management training.
In his article, his main point is that great leadership doesn’t come from books. You have to actively practice being a leader. He says, “Practice is a conscious, directed activity, so simply being a manager for many years does not necessarily mean you are practicing.”
I think this is an interesting concept. It goes along well with being a “Learner” as a leader versus being a “knower” leader. Walsh lists several other key ingredients that good leaders have: emotional intelligence, embodiment, mentoring, and individuality. Being a leader isn’t about reading books, says Walsh, it’s about doing.
What steps have you taken to become a better leader? How does your team respond to your leadership style? What has it meant to your business?