Leadership is about working with people, accepting responsibility, understanding people, motivating, developing and encouraging. It is also about knowing when to stand back and allow others to take the lead, for a good leader is also a follower. A good leader is not threatened by the growth and development of his staff; indeed he is encouraged by it. She enjoys empowering people and watching them grow; and she knows when and what to delegate. It is said that entrepreneurs are born with deep, innate personal characteristics that allow them to spot opportunities, influence people and make things happen. However, there are many qualities that can be learned or developed. For example, some entrepreneurs are good leaders but not good managers. They may have the drive and determination to succeed but lack the skills to motivate people. In order to be successful over the long term it is vital that they learn how to work with people and motivate their team.
Leaders are people who are able to think and act spontaneously and respond to unprogrammed, emergent situations and circumstances. They set out to influence the actions, beliefs and feelings of others. Not all managers are leaders; and not all leaders are managers. In your quest to run a successful enterprise, you must display leadership qualities, even if you are not a born leader. To be a successful leader who people will follow, you must inspire confidence in others in your ability to lead. (Excerpt from my book Practical Business - ABC).
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