The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.
Having a great idea, and assembling a team to bring that concept to life is the first step in creating a successful business venture. While finding a new and unique idea is rare enough; the ability to successfully execute this idea is what separates the dreamers from the entrepreneurs. However you see yourself, whatever your age may be, as soon as you make that exciting first hire, you have taken the first steps in becoming a powerful leader. When money is tight, stress levels are high, and the visions of instant success don’t happen like you thought, it’s easy to let those emotions get to you, and thereby your team. Take a breath, calm yourself down, and remind yourself of the leader you are and would like to become. Here are some key qualities that every good leader should possess, and learn to emphasize.
You want to keep your team motivated towards the continued success of the company, and keep the energy levels up. Whether that means providing snacks, coffee, relationship advice, or even just an occasional beer..., remember that everyone on your team is a person. Keep the office mood a fine balance between productivity and playfulness. If your team is feeling happy and upbeat, chances are they won’t mind staying that extra hour to finish a report, or devoting their best work to the brand.
by Tanya Prive, Forbes Contributor
Top 10 Qualities That Make A Great Leader (1): Honesty
10 Qualities That Make A Great Leader (2): Ability to Delegate
Top 10 Qualities That Make A Great Leader (3): Communication
Top 10 Qualities That Make A Great Leader (4): Sense of Humor
Top 10 Qualities That Make A Great Leader (5): Confidence
Top 10 Qualities That Make A Great Leader (6): Commitment