Do you know where you want your business to be one year, two years or five years from now?
Is that vision clear in your mind?
Do others on your team know what that vision is?
Are they on board and willing to work with you to achieve it?
Know Where You Want to Go
As a business owner, it is important to have a clear vision for your business – one that you can share with employees, supporters and sub-contractors. A compelling vision is one which describes who you are, where you are going and the driving force – your values. From your vision, comes your mission, strategic goals and action plans. When your team embraces your vision they are more likely to support your effort.
Know How to Get There
In his book, Leading at a Higher Level, author Ken Blanchard defined leadership as “…the capacity to influence others by unleashing their power and potential to impact the greater good.” As a business owner, doing what it takes to reach your goals and advance toward your vision is important to you, and your business success but it should not occur on the backs of others.
As a business owner, you must be its leader. You set the vision and direction for your business, but your long-term success is not a solo affair. Your team is one of the most valuable resources you have – and it can be your biggest expense. Recognize the value each team member brings to the table and tap into it. A focus only on goal attainment, at the cost of relationship may offer short term success, but at what cost?
Lead with Integrity
Like your vision, your leadership style should be driven by integrity based on your values. Although you will benefit from the successful attainment of your business goals and action plans, leadership is not just about personal gain. As a strong business leader, you are wise to establish a process that will allow you to achieve the results you want in a way that is fair and respects the well-being of everyone on your team.
Create a plan that embraces your values, the contributions and efforts of team members, treats and recognizes each person as the valuable resource they are. This approach will guide you forward for long-term business success.