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What a Successful Leader DOESN’T Do

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I’ve been in business for 20+ years. During this time I have worked with many entrepreneurs and I have seen several types of leaders.  Some have come and gone. Some have tried over and over again, but eventually failed. Some have endured.  There is always talk about what a successful leader does, but it is just as important to know what NOT to do.

What I have learned is that one of the least effective forms of leadership is that of shaming, bullying, dismissing others ideas/concerns and threatening others into trying to do what you want them to do.  This kind of leadership will eventually wear people out, stifling the growth and success that you had hoped to have.  People will want to distance themselves from you, take offense to how themselves and others are being treated and come to disrespect you.

Leadership is a fine line to walk and in my opinion one of the most successful kind of leadership is that of not just leading by example, but being nurturing and encouraging (this does not mean constant hand holding) mixed in with a quietness and gentleness about them.

A strong leader does not mean you need to be over bearing, loud and bossy.  It does not mean you need to be watching what everyone is doing AND being sure that they know you are watching them. (a form of fear and shame) Being a strong leader is being aware that all those around you are in a different place (goal wise, time wise, emotionally, financially). A strong leader respects others, and is humble enough to realize that they do not have all the answers and they understand they can learn from those they lead.  An effective leader will know when to push a little more, and when to pull back. A good leader will strive to be someone others will respect, trust and admire.  A good and effective leader will have their ears and hearts open, listening – not just hearing, encouraging everyone to have their own voice.

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