When it comes to running a business, leadership skills are your number one tool (not nun chuck skills, or bow hunting skills, or even computer hacking skills—unless your business takes place on the set of Napoleon Dynamite). But you may be surprised to discover that leadership means more than just telling people what to do. A great leader possesses the ability to invest in others on a personal level. They accept the responsibilities of a leader and dedicate themselves to leading by example. Unfortunately, some entrepreneurs are bad leaders—and they don’t even realize it! Luckily, we’re here to help. Presenting, in the style of Jeff Foxworthy, “You Might be a Bad Leader.”
A poor leader will avoid confrontation for a number of reasons—namely to avoid dealing with troublesome situations. But a good leader knows exactly what’s expected from every partnership and transaction they engage in. That way, when those tough times arise, it’s easy to recognize the discrepancies.
YOU MIGHT BE A BAD LEADER IF… YOU BREAK PROMISES
If you motivate your employees with promises of promotions, prizes, or a better tomorrow, but don’t follow through, you’re likely to have a mutiny on your hands. A good leader sticks to their word and always finishes what they started (or at least tries to).
YOU MIGHT BE A BAD LEADER IF… YOU PLACE BLAME
Nobody likes to be the man in charge when things go south, and really nobody likes to be the one to blame. But a good leader will hold themselves accountable rather than blaming others. Acknowledge the mistake, own the problem, and commit to moving forward in a positive way.
YOU MIGHT BE A BAD LEADER IF… YOU FREQUENTLY FORGET
Employees often depend on their superiors to handle situations that they aren’t equipped to handle themselves. However, poor leaders will often forget to follow up on those situations—letting weeks, or even months go by without taking action. A good leader will follow up with their followers; they know that their integrity—and their employees’ integrity—is on the line.
It’s time to shape up and sharpen your skills! After all, a business is only as good as its owner.
Workout of the Day
ME Lower Body
5 rounds for time of:
315/225 lbs. Deadlifts x 5 reps
Burpees x 10 reps