Why Even the Most Seasoned Leaders Can Benefit from Thinking like an Entrepreneur
In the 21st century, it has never been as good of a time as right now to be an entrepreneur, or at the very least to start thinking like one. Entrepreneurship is more than just a career choice, it is also a way of life and it is something that will undoubtedly have a very significant impact on a person and on how they choose to live their life.
Though being an entrepreneur definitely means something very specific, (no, being an entrepreneur is not the same thing as being a small business owner and vice versa), one can still live their life with the mindset and goals attainment and energy that an entrepreneur would have, regardless of what their life is actually like and what their career even is. In fact, I would go so far as to say that even employees at businesses who have little to no say in how the business is run can even work hard to live by the entrepreneurial lifestyle in such a way that they to can reach for even more success and opportunity within the businesses that they work for.
How to be a Better Leader
A lot of people often ask how to be a better leader, and I say a lot of different things in response. When it comes down to how to become a better leader in the workplace or ways to be a good leader in general, I find my go-to piece of advice that is literally workable in all scenarios is to simply advise leaders to ask, “What would an entrepreneur do in my situation?” The truth is, entrepreneurs are natural born leaders based off of they very lifestyle and career choice they have chosen to make, and so it makes sense that this would be the best route for leaders to take.
But in any given situation where better leadership is required, what would an entrepreneur do? Here are some ideas:
- Entrepreneurs always vote for taking action over not taking action, when a choice presents itself. Entrepreneurs are notorious for being risk takers, and they are well-known for their decisions and their firm resolutions towards taking action when an option for action presents itself. Entrepreneurs are not conservative by any means at all.
- Entrepreneurs reward people. An entrepreneur is more likely to reward their team and their group to make the group stronger as opposed to taking a bigger cut or piece of the pie for themselves. An entrepreneur knows the value of having a good, strong, stable, well-versed group is incredibly beneficial and stable in the services and the care options that it can deliver. Therefore, an entrepreneur is definitely more able to help and assist people in this way.
- An entrepreneur will almost always work harder than anyone else. This is just in the nature of an entrepreneur. Want to be a great leader? Work twenty to thirty percent harder than your top producer and you will be respected, people will admire and look up to you, and being a good leader will automatically become that much easier.
- An entrepreneur is always looking for new ways to do things, is innovative, and is always testing new theories and ideas. It is in their nature to be pioneers of their chosen field, niche, or market. When an entrepreneur is looking for a solution, they will find one, it will work, and frankly, it will be awesome.
These are just a few ways that an entrepreneur would handle a situation that leaders can use to improve their game. There are certainly more!