Being a successful entrepreneur generally requires mastering a wide range of skills. When you are starting a business, you have to wear a wide range of hats and perform a number of tasks you can eventually hire others to do. One thing you can’t generally hire someone else to do at any stage of the game is to be a good leader. While you will always want to eventually hire employees with good leadership skills, you will have to hone your own leadership skills first if you ever hope to make it that far. Here are 3 ways that entrepreneurs can sharpen their leadership skills.
- Become self-aware
We all have our faults, flaws, and weaknesses, but it can be tempting at times to only focus on our strengths. Many people know what they are good at and like to direct attention towards those areas but sometimes choose to remain purposefully blind to their weaknesses. Other people find it far easier to focus on all their flaws but have difficulty acknowledging their strengths. Being self-aware means having a keen awareness of both your strengths and weaknesses as well as how each affects you in specific situations.
- Seek Advice
There is no such thing as having too much knowledge when it comes to entrepreneurship, so don’t be afraid to look to other successful entrepreneurs for advice. There is plenty of information out in the world in the form of books, online blogs, etc. at your disposal to continue to build your skills and knowledge as an entrepreneur.
- Stop seeing failure as final
Thomas Edison famously tried 1,000 different “failed” experiments before hitting on a working lightbulb. When asked about it, he is often quoted as saying one of two things: “Inventing a lightbulb was a process that involved 1,000 different steps” or “I didn’t fail 1,000 times, I just discovered 1,000 ways that didn’t work.” Regardless of which one he actually said, the point is, not everything you try is going to be a success, but that doesn’t mean you stop trying. Resiliency may be one of the most important qualities a leader can possess, simply because not everything you do is going to be a success. If you do want to be a success in the long, however, you’re going to have to learn how to move past a lot of failures.