How To Lead A Business
Not every businessman is a natural leader. It takes determination and willpower to get to the top and those who are born at the top must do all they can to stay there. So what does it take to become that person you envy, who always seems to know what to say and how forward to be?
A researcher, Cattell, studied historical figures famous for their leadership positions. He looked at their skills and traits, and made a list of those they all seemed to have in common. Here are a few of the qualities research has found in good leaders.
1. Have Social Boldness
These people make friends and win over clients because they are bold and daring. They do not shudder to meet new people. Instead they are the first to say "hello" and are very friendly. These kinds of people are good at parties because they mingle and interact, and they can speak with assurance in front of large crowds.
They have no need for others' approval so they do not feel guilty very easily. They go forward with a decision because it is right, not because others like it. They overcome their mistakes because they let them go and move on.
2. Be Conscientious
People who lead well go about their tasks with a strong sense of duty. They know why they are there and they fulfill responsibilities without a second thought. Others can rely on them for their loyalty.
They have a drive for excellence in all they do, which is not driven by the views of others. Therefore they can get things done without having to rely on encouragement. They are usually self-disciplined and neat. Basically they have an A-type personality: an aggressive, "get to it" kind of view on life.
3. Exude Charisma
Good leaders have an energy about them that cannot be stopped. Their natural charisma and charm spread to others around them, inspiring creativity and happiness. These people are a catalyst to get things done, just because they appear to care so much about what they are working on.
They are able to arouse strong emotions with their upbeat, strong personalities. They share their vision with others to help the group reach goals.
4. Do Not Be Compulsive
Good leaders are not compulsive. They take the time because they care about their work and the fruits of their labors. They are very careful with how they handle tough situations and are thoughtful about everything involved. These people are precise. They can be counted on to get the job done right every time because they do not rush it.
They use good foresight when making decisions and are very socially aware. Don't count on them saying the wrong thing to a client-their reputation precedes them.
5. Develop Emotional Stability
Those who are emotionally stable are able to take on large tasks without breaking down. Mental breakdowns are real problems that tend to occur in middle-aged adults. Smaller breakdowns can happen when important meetings do not go well or when one is struck with ailment.
Mentally stable people are able to cope with new possibilities and misfortunes handed to them. They do not let stress get to them, to the point where bad news just slides off their shoulder.
They are well adjusted and can be left on their own to deal with major responsibilities. They are mature psychologically, and can handle crowds and one-on-one situations admirably.
A good leader is obviously well rounded. Most people are lacking in at least one of these categories. This list of traits is something you may want to measure yourself against. Is there something you could change to be the kind of leader you wish to become?