7 Powerful Leadership Skills for Young Entrepreneurs
Below are lists of leadership skills young entrepreneurs should look inward and see if it defines them and how they can improve more on them. Successful people don’t do great things, rather they do small things in a great way. Do you have the leadership skills it takes to be a great leader? The truth is, many individuals feel they don’t. They choose to be mediocre in their thinking. They let their mind believe nothing is going to work out well for them and they lose out in the quest for a successful career and future.
In my previous post, I stated that “leadership is a process that influences groups to achieve common goals. Certain individuals are born with “preferred” leadership traits. However, these personal attributes can be developed and honed through perpetual development of the individual into a respected, trusted leader.” There’s no need why you should look down on yourself or your abilities to fulfill your dreams.
The motivation to succeed stems from the burning desire to achieve a purpose. Napoleon Hill said; “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”
“A young man once asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met. Socrates then asked the young man to walk with him toward the river. When the water got up to their necks, Socrates took the young man by surprise and dunked him under the water. The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and held him down. When the boy started turning blue, Socrates raised the boy’s head out of the water. The first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air. Socrates asked: ‘What did you needed the most when you were under water?’ the boy replied, ‘Air’. Socrates then said, ‘That’s the secret to success. When you want success as intensely as you needed air under water, then you’ll have it. There’s no other secret!”
Integrity and wisdom are the two pillars on which to build and keep commitments. A manager told his team members, “Integrity is keeping your commitment even if you lose money and wisdom is not to make such foolish commitments.”
We all want to win but very few of us are prepared to pay the price to win. According to Vince Lombardi, “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor”.
Successful leaders take responsibilities for whatever action they carry out. They don’t believe in playing the blame game as many of other leaders do. Success means different things for different people. Some measure it in titles, money, social/financial status or simply personal satisfaction. Others measure it in their ability to know that whatever happens is their responsibility.
This is one of the best leadership skills for entrepreneurs. Andrew Carnegie ones said; “The average person puts only 25 percent of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50 percent of their capacity, and stands on its head for those who few who devote 100 percent”. You have to put in all your efforts in what you want to achieve. And believe me, you will win.
Being successful involves good character. George Washington affirmed; “I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most valuable of all titles, the character of an honest man”. As we all know, it is not the public opinion that defines the course of history rather, it is the character of the leader. Start improving on your character today to achieve the success you desire. Know that character does not need success. Character is success itself.
Persistence is determination. It is a commitment to finish what you started. Ask Usain Bolt how he achieve his athletic success. The simple answer he will give to you is that he is persistent and committed to his career. Calvin Coolidge puts it simply, “Nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
A mentor is a person whose hindsight can become your foresight. I have mentors whose principles are brilliant guidance for me. All successful leaders have mentors. To be successful in your chosen field you’ve got to have mentor(s). The best mentors will not give you something to drink, they will make you thirsty. They will put you on a path to seek answers.