October 23, 2018

Entrepreneurial Skills are not Enough, Leadership is Required

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By Telford Aduda

There may be a slim difference between entrepreneurs and leaders. Entrepreneurs start companies while leaders grow companies. However, entrepreneurs are regarded as leaders.

It can be a great tragedy for one to be a leader while he or she cannot set an example and direct others towards given goals.

According to Albert Schweitzer, example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. By walking your talk, you become a person others want to follow. When leaders say one thing, but do another, they cannot be

trusted anymore.

Different skills and talents are needed to take your company from a startup to a thriving enterprise. These include;

Taking responsibility
Taking full responsibility for your actions and the actions of those under your instructions is the door to greatness in the entrepreneurial world. Blaming others will only costs you your credibility as leader, make you unfit for leadership, take away trust, keeps team members on the defensive and ultimately sabotages real growth.

We live in a society where maximum results are expected with minimal effort given. If things are not right, we are always quick to blame others or situations. For example, when the marriage life is not working, we are always quick to blame our partners. When the organization is not doing well, we blame employees. Nobody wants to be responsible, hence being responsible will automatically put you above others. You must be able to account for your actions.

Be Courageous
According to the great philosopher Aristotle, courage is the first virtue, because it makes all of the other virtues possible. Other important business concepts like leadership, innovation and sales fade away in the absence of courage. You must be able to take a calculated risks that demonstrate commitment to a larger purpose. Courage is a teachable and learnable skill, and everyone has the capacity to be courageous.

Accept failure
It is a well-known fact that failure is an inevitable part of success. Failure can be viewed in two dimensions. One person would view failure as just a stumbling block, learn from the mistakes and move on with strength to achieve the intended goal. Another person may, however, look at it as a setback and out of fear never attempt to change considering him/herself to be a failure in life. The success rate of your endeavors is determined by the way you handle failure.

Embrace Persistence
Persistence is a virtue that  is highlighted even in the Bible. In the book of Luke 18:1-8, Jesus told his disciples about the parable of a certain persistent widow to show them that they should always pray and never give up. This is to all leaders and those who aspire to be great entrepreneurs. It does not matter the size of the mountain, only persistence will see you through. Do not give up. Try, try again. Go over, under or around any hurdles to show that obstacles don’t define your company or team.

Provide solutions
Most of the time, the easiest way to solve a problem is to give up. However, when you stop participating in the problem you can stop the problem. Problems are meant to arise in any working area, handling the problem is what matters. It is very simple, don’t dwell on problems; instead be the first to offer solutions and then ask your team for more.

Listen to others
It is very important to listen to others whether they are your juniors, workmates or friends. Listening builds rapport, solves problems and improves teamwork. Gaining access to important information requires developing trusting relationships. Successful relationships require that you hear what motivates your business partners and how they conduct their business. You must also listen to learn how two companies might form a successful partnership. Ask questions. Seek to understand. You’ll receive valuable insights and set a tone that encourages healthy dialogue.

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