In a relatively short period of time, I believe I’ve accomplished a lot as a young entrepreneur, but leadership and employee management came later in my career (later being a relative term) and these are some of the lessons that both my leadership successes and failures have taught me.
- You Must Care to Lead and Not Project – I used to be all about myself. After all, I was the CEO, or so I thought. When younger, I was very difficult for employees to deal with because I could not understand why they did not want to work 19 hour days.
For me the search engines and reciting business theories of Jack Welch came easy, it was looking at my employees at individual people with needs, goals, strengths and weaknesses that gave me the insight to implement.
- To Lead, You Must Be Great – In the recruiting business, I’d like to think that I’ve worked hard enough to become the best I can be which is competitive and, from what I’ve taken in, employees must believe in your skills and theories to give into the belief that a good company can become great.
One thing I can promise to the young entrepreneur is that if you can’t self improve, you sure as heck can’t mold others.
- Positivity – When young, it was easy to not understand that I was the CEO of a company and not just a kid. I would get down on myself which lead to negativity in the office.
As of late, I’ve come to believe that positivity combined with thinking based on reality is a the way a leader should carry himself or herself.
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