Make it About Others

Effective leadership should never be about you. Unlike dictatorship, it should be about others and a common cause.

Although Entrepreneurs start companies and should take pride in that, they should not focus the growing of the company all about them. Instead, the emphasis should be on the Mission of the company.

It is far easier to lead people around a common cause or good than for someone’s personal victory. A true leader strives to make it about others and constantly reinforces the message that achieving a particular Mission serves ALL stakeholders rather than only the leader.

Entrepreneurs can become great leaders if they can ensure that it is not always about them, but others!

Ravi Patel

Staying Cool Right Now

Entrepreneurs are facing a stressful and chaotic situation with the effects of the coronavirus. Are you keeping your cool demeanor in these trying times?

Have you watched firefighters, policemen or even bomb diffusers operate in high-stress situations? Their ability to act calmly reassures everyone around them not to panic.

Similarly, leaders who stay calm and keep their cool under chaotic business situations inspire confidence in their employees. Instead of panicking, they all tend to follow their leader and behave productively to resolve the issues. If the leaders lose their cool, who can blame the employees for doing so too?

Great leadership inspires people to do phenomenal things. Calm and cool leadership in volatile situations prevents their followers from panicking or performing irrational acts or even worse inciting riots.

Stay cool during these tough times Entrepreneurs!

Ravi Patel

Published in: on March 24, 2020 at 6:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Lead by Example

Leaders often encourage their followers “to give their best” to whatever they are doing. Entrepreneurs do the same when motivating employees towards fulfilling the Mission of the company.

In a team environment it is normal for all employees to contribute to fulfilling the objectives of the mission. However, is it always true for the leaders?

If Entrepreneurs expect the best from their employees, then they too should give their very best to the employees and the company. Do they? Leadership by example is not just a catchy phrase!

Entrepreneurs need to give their best to the organization to inspire their employees to do their very best. If Entrepreneurs show an attitude of “do what I say, not what I do,” their employees are not going to be motivated for the long haul.

Doing the right things for leaders means giving 100% or more to prove to the employees that they all are part of the same team and everyone needs to contribute their very best.

Ravi Patel

Published in: on December 10, 2019 at 7:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Do What I Do

“Leadership by example” is no where more true than for Entrepreneurs as they build their companies.

When the company is just starting,  Entrepreneurs show great leadership when they roll up their sleeves and are willing to put in the effort that they demand of their employees. But then, Entrepreneurs sometimes say one thing and do something else as their companies start growing.

Entrepreneurs must ask themselves certain type of questions as they become successful:

  • Am I still putting the effort that I am asking of my employees?
  • Do I watch what I spend while I announce cost reduction programs?
  • What am I am doing to improve the company when I am preaching on continuous improvement in my organization?
  • Am I cutting corners while I demand quality from my employees?
  • Do I exhibit what it takes to provide superior customer service when demanding the same from employees?

Answers to these types of questions will determine if you are providing leadership by example. Make sure that you ask people to do what you do, not merely what you say!

Ravi Patel

Published in: on November 5, 2019 at 7:05 am  Leave a Comment  
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Molding Consensus

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus” – MLK Jr.

Every new idea, whether small or huge, has to be sold to people for its acceptance. A true leader goes about it the right way.

Consensus is a majority of opinion or general agreement. In many organizations, getting consensus becomes a “political” process wherein the idea promoter seeks out or searches for people who agree with him/her, largely based on personal appeal of the person rather than the idea. This is not true leadership in getting consensus on an idea.

Rather, a genuine leader stresses the virtue of an idea and actively persuades people on its benefits thereby molding or building consensus. The acceptance of the idea then becomes internal to the believer rather than being forced upon him/her through brow-beating or intimidation. If the leader is successful in molding, rather than seeking, consensus the implementation of the idea is more effective and lasts for the long term. The benefits of seeking quick consensus are often short-lived.

Entrepreneurs should strive for molding consensus to generate wide acceptance of new ideas in their companies.

Ravi Patel

Published in: on October 8, 2019 at 4:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Leadership by Example

Leaders often encourage their followers “to give their best” to whatever they are doing. Entrepreneurs do the same when motivating employees towards fulfilling the Mission of the company.

In a team environment it is normal for all employees to contribute to fulfilling the objectives of the mission. However, is it always true for the leaders?

If Entrepreneurs expect the best from their employees, then they too should give their very best to the employees and the company. Do they? Leadership by example is not just a catchy phrase!

Entrepreneurs need to give their best to the organization to inspire their employees to do their very best. If Entrepreneurs show an attitude of “do what I say, not what I do,” their employees are not going to be motivated for the long haul.

Doing the right things for leaders means giving 100% or more to prove to the employees that they all are part of the same team and everyone needs to contribute their very best.

Ravi Patel

Verify What You Trust

As Entrepreneurs start building a solid leadership team for growth, they have to rely on and trust their key management personnel. But is that enough to ensure superior performance and growth?

While trusting the leadership to do the right thing, the Entrepreneur must also oversee the building of management reporting systems that independently verify the progress made by the company in established metrics. Such systems should have checks and balances to ensure that verification can be relied upon.

Trust is essential, but verification is paramount for long-term success. This is similar to a previous post on whether you should depend on people or processes. Trust is people based; verification is process based.

Entrepreneurs, trust your people but do have verification systems in place.

Ravi Patel

Published in: on July 23, 2019 at 4:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Secondary Leadership

Entrepreneurs love to do everything themselves as they start and grow their companies. As they build staff, they do delegate operational  responsibilities as required.

However, do they delegate decision-making responsibilities and authority? Is there a clear backup person to whom the growing organization looks to make decisions in the absence of the Entrepreneur? Or, does the company postpone decisions awaiting the return of the Entrepreneur?

It is expected that when the company reaches a certain size, it should be in a position to have a secondary leadership team to run the organization. But what about the period until such a stage is reached?

An Entrepreneur needs to groom a backup person to whom the organization can rely upon and who has the authority to make certain decisions. This allows the Entrepreneur to focus on other issues that may require his/her absence from the business (or even take a vacation!).

Ravi Patel

Published in: on May 21, 2019 at 4:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Being Popular Shouldn’t be a Goal

A goal to be popular is not worthy in itself. Entrepreneurs could be effective leaders and be popular, but it is not always possible.

Leadership is about making the optimal decisions for the company even though they might be tough, unfair to some, and even unpopular. In order to do the right thing for the company, a leader might lose in popularity.

Entrepreneurs are often charismatic individuals and have loyal supporters within their companies due to not only their personality, but also for creating employment and opportunities for individuals. This type of following often converts to loyalty and the Entrepreneurs normally use it to motivate employees.

However if tough decisions are required, the Entrepreneur might no longer remain popular. This could happen if the Entrepreneur fails to make critical decisions when necessary, or does make them negatively affecting people.

Leadership is not always about being popular, but being tough and fair to chart the successful course for the company. If being popular comes with it, that’s great. However, do not make your decisions to be popular.

Do the Right Things by being a Leader!

Ravi Patel

Published in: on April 30, 2019 at 4:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Molding Consensus

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus” – MLK Jr.

Every new idea, whether small or grandiose, has to be sold to people for its acceptance. A true leader goes about it the proper way.

Consensus is defined as a majority of opinion or general agreement. In many organizations, getting consensus becomes a “political” process wherein the idea promoter seeks out or searches for people who agree with him/her, largely based on personal appeal of the person rather than the idea. This is not true leadership in getting consensus on an idea.

Rather, a genuine leader stresses the virtue of an idea and actively persuades people on its benefits thereby molding or building consensus. The acceptance of the idea then becomes internal to the believer rather than being forced upon him/her through brow-beating or intimidation. If the leader is successful in building, rather than seeking, consensus the implementation of the idea is more effective and lasts for the long term. The benefits of seeking quick consensus are often short-lived.

True Entrepreneurial leadership should strive for molding consensus to generate wide acceptance of new ideas in their companies.

Ravi Patel

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