Entrepreneurial Leadership - Part 1

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Effective leaders come in many different forms and have many different styles (see Maximum Impact). Some of these forms/styles include:

  • Motivational leaders are like cheerleaders, who can inspire people through passionate pep talks filled with creative imagery and powerful words.
  • Relational leaders are able to connect with people 1 on 1 or in small groups, allowing them to feel significant and needed, such that they develop strong bonds of loyalty and commitment.
  • Operational leaders, highly respected due to their wealth of knowledge and experience, are able to execute a plan, knowing how to make the right decisions at the right time with the right people to get the desired results.
  • Authoritarian or dictatorial leaders, while they may not be as respected as other type of leaders, are able to run a “tight ship” and get results (at least in the short-term) even though they establish fear among their followers.

Let’s explore another type of leadership – entrepreneurial. Entrepreneurial leaders intentionally create situations, opportunities, and environments for other people to thrive, thereby enhancing the success of the entire organization. They seek to create new ventures and initiatives that enrich people's lives. Seeing other people succeed is what drives them everyday. They are able to use their entrepreneurial skills to create atmospheres that influence people to go beyond their current level of performance. They not only help people feel like they can fulfill their potential, they create situations to allow it to happen. They are able to expand people’s expectations of what they can accomplish through their own efforts and giftedness.

Using the resourcefulness and ingenuity of an entrepreneur, this type of leader is able to take the people resources around him/her and produce something better than what may have already existed. They are flexible enough to use different types of leadership traits, like the ones mentioned earlier, without overusing or abusing any one of them. In essence they know how to get the best out of people, such that the organization, team, community, etc. is improved as a whole.

Entrepreneurial leaders show up in many different walks of life. They are business owners, corporate executives and managers, pastors, teachers, employees, community leaders, and coaches, among other things. Their focus is on the long-term return from a person’s life, not just a short-term hit of adrenaline. They understand that the success of those they lead will eventually result in their own success and fulfillment.

If you want to get the most out of your team, become an entrepreneurial leader today. Here are some ideas on how you can do this effectively:

  1. Identify the unique qualities and strengths of each person on your team. This takes time and attention, so don’t try to rush it.
  2. Show each individual on your team a figurative (or literal) mirror by affirming them, so they can acknowledge those qualities in themselves. Many people never realize their full potential, because they underestimate their significance.
  3. Don’t allow anyone on your team to work aimlessly. Make sure they are engaging their talents as much as possible.

Continue to Part 2 to get the rest of the list…

Empowering You for Success,
Paul Wilson

P.S., Write to me by commenting on this article if you can identify an entrepreneurial leader who has helped you in your life. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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