Today I wanted to share with you 2 fundamentals from my entrepreneurial world which I am convinced can inspire and help leaders and managers with their roles, performance, challenges and opportunities.
When I left my role as a ‘Head Of Training and Development’ 26 years ago to release my inner entrepreneur and set up my own consultancy I had no idea of the challenges I would meet along the way.
The two most important lessons I discovered, to which I attribute my business success, and which I share with the leaders and managers I now develop and coach are:
1)Find your own voice.
This means you need to develop and enhance the style that truly represents what you stand for, believe in, and are passionate about. When you need to step up as a leader during challenging, stressful times or when going through negative or painful change processes, your values, your ‘light within’ will drive the energy and strength you need to surmount the difficulties and find the opportunities.
I once read that Psychiatrist and author Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, perhaps now most renowned in HR and management circles for the bereavement cycle often used to help us understand and deal with organisational change, wrote “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within”
2)Be Do Have
Act as if you have already achieved your goal or desired outcome. Not a million miles away from Harvard Business School Professor Amy Cuddy’s ‘Fake it before you become it’ advice. Be the person that you know you would be if you had already achieved your goal. Do the things a successful person would do, By doing things differently this enables you to have things you never would have had. Amazingly you then achieve and have what you want.
How can you use one or both of these lessons from the entrepreneur’s mindset to become a more successful leader?
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