Being in charge of a business and leading it towards success is not easy. There are a lot of things you need to go through to elevate the business. Before you begin analyzing other factors to potentially help or destroy the business, start by assessing yourself.
Understand what your weaknesses are, is key towards success. Working on these weaknesses and transforming them into strengths will make you a great leader. Determining your weaknesses is a long process. Here are some strategies to help you achieve it.
Look for mentors
You need someone to guide you in leading a company. If you are not even fine with being someone’s mentee, it means that your weakness is inability to listen to other people. You get a mentor because you are humble enough to acknowledge that someone knows more than you. Aside from that, this mentor could also help you identify the strengths you have you never knew existed. Ask a successful entrepreneur or business leader to be your mentor. Let them assess you from afar so they can have a more holistic approach in evaluating you. Most of all, be open to whatever their suggestions are.
As a leader, you should also be open to feedback. Speak with your employees and let them know how they feel about you. Create an environment where they can be open in expressing their feelings towards you. They are the ones who see you and your actions. Tell them that they are safe when they open up to you and you won’t take it against them. Constantly seek for feedback so you can improve your leadership style.
Take a look at other leaders in action
There are many ways to be inspired by other leaders. Study them through their memoirs and books. There might also be movies about these great leaders. For present leaders whom you want to emulate, find a way to speak with them and seek for their advice. Let them know that you are willing to listen and follow their input. These leaders might also need someone like you. It can be a reciprocal process.
Don’t try to be perfect
The reason why you want to identify your weaknesses is because you want to improve them. It doesn’t mean you want to be perfect. There is no such thing as a perfect leader. You just want to keep changing your old habits that are not helping the business and transform them into something better. The goal is to find a way to improve your leadership style and not just to impress other people.
It is a gradual process that does not have to be completed overnight. Take your time in improving yourself. Just be open to changes and be humble enough to acknowledge that you may not be the kind of leader you thought you are. Rest assured, you can always reach greater heights as a leader if you decide to be more open.
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