We often think of business leaders as CEOs and board directors, but it is possible to lead as a micro business owner.
My day-to-day work involves positioning business owners in public life, so I’m discerning about whether or not someone is a leader. I know many Flying Solo readers want to be seen as leaders, but aren’t sure how to make that happen.
To help in this area, I thought I’d share my leadership filters:
- You imagine a better world and run an enterprise that works toward it.
- You aren’t settling for what is, or what was, and won’t rest until what can be arrives.
- You challenge clients to do better.
- You push the market to a better vision and raise the bar.
- You speak the truth when your industry is not doing enough to ensure there is social profit as well as a good share price.
- You step up, sometimes uncomfortably.
- You are aware of your responsibilities.
- You use your affiliations and associations to influence for the better.
- You explore and share your vision through writing.
I hope the above points help to put you on a path toward leadership, or help you identify people who genuinely lead.
The term leadership: Don’t wear it out
In my industry of Public Relations, some words and phrases get used until they’re worn out like tired leather. You’ve seen it too. All of a sudden everyone around you is “innovating” or becoming “engagement specialists” or “collaborators”. A word can be used so much it becomes virtually meaningless.
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Sadly, another word at risk of becoming meaningless is “leader”. I believe it should only be used to describe people who truly deserve the title, people who are actual leaders.
As a microbusiness owner you can be one of those leaders.
How do you perceive leaders in micro business? Do you have tips on how to lead?