“I’ve never bought into the notion that there is a single recipe for successful leadership. But I do think effective leaders share two intertwined attributes: an unbridled level of confidence about where their organizations are headed, and the ability to bring people along.”
There are at least a few noteworthy points here.
First, I have discovered that a single bullet for success simply does not exist. This isn’t limited to leadership, it applies to everything. Be wary of anyone claiming to provide a single solution to achieve success across the board. Whether you are considering building a business, increasing Web traffic, or strengthening relationships, it takes hard work and sustained effort. There is a great article at Naijapreneur that further reinforces this point as it relates to entrepreneurship.
Second, confidence is key, especially in terms of teams. You have to have confidence in order to build a business, lack of confidence will undermine the success of a business. Without confidence you will not have the wherewithal to stay the course or attract others to join you on your journey to build a business. It’s human nature for self-doubt to creep in from time-to-time, but it must be clubbed down when it rears it’s ugly head. This is difficult when starting solo, but becomes easier (and more important) as a team is built. Like fear, people can sense self-doubt, which is a form of fear. If you don’t have confidence, get it.
Recruiting members to join your team is another crucial element to the success of a scalable business. This is especially important in the early days of the business, when there is little tangible substance and you and your team will be expected to endure hardships for the sake of building the business. Vision is the key to attracting a diverse team with a common bond. The vision of the leader should be communicated throughout the organization consistently, especially when times are tough. A clearly conveyed vision will not only strengthen the solidarity of an existing team, but attract new members to the team who are tuned in to the stated vision.
The opening words of Howard Schultz not only apply to those running a large enterprise such as Starbucks, but to those starting down the leadership path or en route to building a scalable business. Reflect upon these concepts and determine how they may be best used to lead your team to build a scalable business.
1. J.R. Sedivy. B Quadrant Business:
2. J.R. Sedivy. Why $100 Million?:
3. Naijapraneur. The Farmer’s Recipe For Strategic Business Growth