Tough times don’t last. Tough People do.
Entrepreneurship improves productivity, spurs innovation, and creates jobs. This is the notion postulated by the Center for American Entrepreneurship. Thriving for independence and financial growth, many are the aspirers who long for the zeal of owning and managing their own business. But do you have what it takes to dive right in?
In a Shark public forum the question was asked” What three skills do you think Entrepreneurs need to be successful? Hundreds chimed in sharing both skills and traits.
- Sales, Marketing, Relationships
- Selling, Communication
- Financial Intelligence
- Ability to Sell Ideas
- Negotiation, Sales and Persuasion
- Time Management
- Delegation of Authority
- Positive Attitude
- Strategic Planning
- Market Research
- Control, Vision, and Sense of navigation
- Critical Thinking
- Persistence, Self Awareness, Patience
- Discipline, Resilience, and Faith
- Work Ethic
- Tenacity, Never give up, Endurance
- Work Hard
- Adaptability, Perseverance, Problem-Solving
- Self Discipline
- Passion, Drive, Persistence
- Hustle, Grit, Gratitude
- No Fear
So there you have it. Excerpts of the skills and traits entrepreneurs believe to be essential to their success. Sure there are more! Do share. We would love to hear.
We have all had to deal with bad bosses at one time or the other throughout our career. We scream, complain, lose the Zing, become demotivated, do barely enough to get by, or inevitably jump ship. If you are dealing with a bad boss here are a few examples of characteristics that depicts the behavior.
Common Bad Boss Behavior
- Lack of vision and inability to communicate effectively
- Thinking you have all the answers and that you must have all the answers
- Working late everyday
- Poor Hiring Decisions
- Failure to Admit Mistakes
- Takes the credit but gives the blame
- Does not Lead by Example
- My way or the high way
- Mistakes being liked for being respected
- Provides little/no feedback or coaching
- Shows favoritism
- Task-focused vs team-oriented
- Embraces the status quo
- Being a good ‘doer’ means you will be a good manager
- Selects and leads based on “like me”
- Ignores diversity of thought or varying opinions
- Past focused vs present/future
- Lacks courage
- Being a friend instead of a leader
- Failing to delegate and demonstrate trust
- Allowing ego and pride to get in the way of good decisions
- Personal agendas/motives
If you are a new manager, reflect on these characteristics. Recognize the signs and plan to change. You will then be on your way to becoming a good leader.
The 15 Leadership Traits of Successful Leaders are identified from groundbreaking research. As you Dream of becoming an effective leader, which do you identify with?