“How do you get started?” they ask.
“How much speaking, teaching or writing do you do now?” I ask. If they have already started I encourage them. But most of the time they say, “Well, I haven’t done anything yet.”
I tell them, “You need to start speaking, teaching or writing. You’ve got to start small and work up to something bigger.”
The same is true for leadership. Personal and small business growth is not acquired in one gigantic leap. It is realized by taking the small steps to attain mastery over a period of time.
For example, a person who has never led before needs to try to influence one other person. The next step, as you become a person of influence and show leadership, is to build a team.
Leadership—Start Doing What Is Necessary
Start your leadership path by doing what is necessary. St. Francis of Assisi said, “Start doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Leadership is an important component to personal and small business success.
To be a leader in small business growth start by doing what is necessary; and do it well. Be the example. Put in processes to insure that what is necessary is done well. You can have the best business strategies in the world but if you don’t have the processes to do what is necessary and to do it well you won’t get where you want to go.
Leadership—A Victory Over Ourselves
Whether you are a self-employed business owner, entrepreneur, solo professional or individual seeking more from your business and life, your leadership ability will be reflected not only in what you accomplish but how you accomplish it.
Remember, leadership is not taught. It is caught. And leadership is nothing more than influence. Napoleon once said, “The only conquests which are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.”
The small responsibilities you have before you now represent the first leadership conquest you must make. Personal business coaching is about identifying the small responsibilities and bringing accountability to achieve the future you desire.
Take a look at your business and life. What one small, specific leadership step can you take today?