Developing Leadership for Entrepreneurial Success

I have seen numerous people turn their talent into a business. They are excited to share their gifts and are determined to make a difference in the world. The really successful ones are all that and more! The thriving entrepreneurs have also developed their leadership abilities. Here are three ways I have seen leadership help them reach more people and build incredibly successful businesses.

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Are You Your Own CFO?

Being a Chief Financial Officer for a business is one thing. But are you the CFO for your future?

We have to take a leadership role in our financial house. If you don’t do it, who will? As women business owners, we statistically put our needs last. Not to fret. Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling.

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Developing Your Leadership Qualities Invites Success

Business education and studies often look at reasons businesses fail. What makes them successful? One of the most important factors is the people. You, the leader, are the most important person in your company. A Gallup Poll between 2013 and 2015 reviewed the reasons people think businesses fail. The most critical element was the leader. Let’s look at five qualities of successful leaders and how to develop them.

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How to Be Happier at Work

To be happier at work, you must become intentional about it-to make it a conscious daily choice. It is the same as making the decision to live a healthy lifestyle.

Here are three ways to be happier at work:

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Leading the Way Is Good Marketing

You have the expertise and credibility, and know how to lead others when it comes to your business. But do you showcase that well for potential clients? Letting others see your leadership skills is good marketing because it positions you as an authority worth listening to.

Market yourself as a leader with these tips:

Take on leadership roles. Join committees, take a board position or volunteer to spearhead activities within networking or industry groups you are part of. These are quiet kinds of leadership pursuits that even introverts can do gracefully. These activities put you into visible leadership roles in others’ eyes. Once people see you in action, it’s easy for them to consider hiring you or referring you to others.

Take the time to share your knowledge. Be open to answering questions or giving advice to others even if they aren’t potential clients. This is a good way to give back and it’s a generous stance that invites good will to you. I once took several hours to talk with and send a detailed email response to a young college student who had questions about my industry. The next month, his coach hired me as her marketing person because she was so impressed with the information I had shared with him!

Publicize your leadership roles. Be sure to note on your website, speaker sheet and LinkedIn profile what leadership roles you take on. Do you provide advice to those younger than you? Note that you are a mentor. Have you won an award? Be sure it’s part of your profile. Be loud and proud about your leadership roles to be seen in a bigger light.

Take on leadership roles, share what you know and communicate what you do to market yourself as a leader and attract your ideal clients.

Get more tips on creating a BIG presence with your marketing HERE.

Facebook: A Powerful Tool for Thought Leaders

Many people, including conscious thought leaders and change makers, shy away from Facebook because they experience it as superficial, a waste of time. True, it can be superficial, and it can be used for negative purposes.

 

Guess what! Facebook can also be used as a powerful force for positive change in the world!

 

Here are three things you can do to turn your Facebook activities into powerful actions that reflect the thought leader you are!

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Three Must-Have Elements for Effective Leadership in Any Aspect of Your Life

Whether you want to grow your capacity for leadership in your career, at home, as a parent, as a mentor or even as a friend, you need a foundation upon which to lead. In fact, when we are not successful as leaders, it’s because we lack one of these three elements.

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Build a Better Business by Becoming a Better Leader

Leadership is directly linked to company profits. It’s at the core of every other key factor, such as market, sales, fulfillment, productivity and expenses. When you become a better leader, you grow a better business.
Here are 10 attributes you need to be a good leader:
1. Vision – a picture of the future that is compelling and realistic even if it is a big stretch. Keep your vision at the forefront.
2. Communication – communicate frequently in supportive and even challenging ways to build a healthy business.
3. Emotional intelligence – meet followers where they are today. I often see leaders attempt to meet followers where they want them to be instead of where they are now. Emotional intelligence brings you back to a service platform.
4. Collaboration – invite differing opinions and ideas.
5. Quick decisions – no one follows a leader who can’t choose or make decisions. Be decisive to instill confidence.
6. Walk your talk – set the example, mold the culture and live the values you set for the company and the employees. Walking your talk is part of the integrity you instill within the organization.
7. Service – Lead from the front and from the rear. Support and lift the stragglers on the team. You win or lose as a team. Being of service to the team is pivotal.
8.Commitment – to the vision, the business, the employees, the stakeholders and the clients.
9. Delegate – no one can do it all. No one is great at every task. Share the wealth and make use of the talent that surrounds the business.
10. Train – to sharpen your leadership skills as well as the skills of the team.
I encourage you to choose which of these attributes you would like to improve upon and take action. Improve your leadership skills and watch your business grow.
Doreen Milano, Certified Professional Coach, established Visions To Excellence in 2010. Doreen has years of experience assisting businesses, both large and small, in growing and thriving through even the most challenging economic scenarios.

Cook Up Some Spaghetti Marketing

Spaghetti.

I lived in Italy for a year in college. What I realize is that pasta for lunch and dinner is always a delicious meal because there are so many different shapes and sauces and ways of preparation that it could be different almost every time.

Lately, I have been talking about spaghetti marketing. What that means is that you are always trying something new or modifying what you are already doing to see if you can come up with a new recipe for success.

Taste the New Ingredients
In cooking there are new ingredients that you did not know about years ago like quinoa or chia seeds. It is the same in marketing. Today www.facebooklive.com and recorded webinars, video emailing like BombBomb are all the rave. Take a bite.

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The Possibilities of the Right Connection

What is the right connection? As an entrepreneur, you no doubt attend  many networking events so that you can meet more people. The question is are you making great connections, or are you making the right connections? There’s a difference. In this video, I share the top three ways for you to maximize your time and presence to ensure that you’re making the most out of the right ones and not spending a lot of time on the wrong ones.

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