Some say leaders are born, but I know from personal experience with members of home business teams that leaders can be developed.
Ask any military person with experience and you’ll find there is extensive, ongoing leadership training through systematic programs. We’ve all heard of “Boot Camp”. Where the raw recruit gets a first taste of the discipline needed to become a successful soldier, sailor or airman.
There’s a parallel process that needs to take place for the first-time business owner. There are foundational basic skills needed for entrepreneurial success. And the person making a transition from being an employee may not – YET – have these skills.
At first you may feel disoriented or out of your depth when thrown in at the deep end as many business programs do. But after a period of adjustment and training, attention to detail, following direction and focused effort the fog begins to lift and clarity emerges!
In the military you’re not just left to sink or swim. There’s a hierarchy of support and personnel in the organization to help you get in shape for your role.
In a good home business you should expect a similar hierarchy of support from the company, your direct sponsor and other leaders in your organization. For example, my new team member gets direct “fast start” introductory training at the equivalent of our “boot camp”.
With weekly basic, intermediary and advanced level training you can progress and learn the business at your own pace. Just as with any “intake” of new recruits there’s a wide variety of skill levels and application apparent. it does not take long to identify the rising stars from the average Joe or Jane.
So how do you separate yourself from the pack and develop as a leader?
1. Focus – follow the plan laid down by those with a track record of success. Don’t reinvent the wheel and don’t get distracted.
2. Consistency – do something every day to move your business forward. Develop momentum.
3. Understand the “winners edge”. It does not take much to do more than most people do. Make the extra effort.
4. Never quit. Keep at your business despite setbacks. Don’t give up on your dreams and goals.
5. Invest in yourself. Take the time to develop your business and financial skills. Hold on to a positive mental attitude of success.
6. Set yourself measurable stretch goals. An initial goal to earn 2 times your current job salary is a good starting point.
7. Associate with other leaders in your organization, model their success.