Expert advice on Business Leadership and tips on becoming a more effective Leader.

BOLD Leadership by Jane Schulte

“Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Goethe

Want to be a BOLD Leader? Insist on being the number one provider of whatever product or service you offer and vow to put together a team who will assist you in gaining a clear advantage in your chosen niche.

Determine who you want to come along with you and make sure they are “A” players. Don’t spend time attempting to make B and C players into A players. Spend time grooming the A players and promoting them within the organization. Have the courage to hire only the best and brightest and take risks on high-potential people.

Re-examine your agenda daily and constantly make changes and improvements quickly where necessary. Embrace change and adapt.

Confront the reality of each day and don’t flinch. Once the reality sparks ideas, react quickly so they do not become stale or lose momentum. Continually refine and improve but don’t change unless the reality changes.

Encourage employees to make decisions themselves. If they are confident that they are right about something, they should have the power to change things. Don’t choke their initiative and enthusiasm; rather speed, simplicity and self-confidence must be encouraged.

Again, make decisions quickly in order to stay on the cutting-edge of the market. By keeping it simple and uncomplicated, you will be able to create and implement a clear vision. By cultivating self-confidence, you can shed your ego and together with your team you can dream, risk and win.

Be in tune with the ever-evolving business environment. The game is going to constantly change, so embrace it as a fruitful and necessary business strategy.

Change the competitive landscape by being not just better than your competitors, but by taking quality to a whole new level while maintaining a commitment to integrity. Measure, analyze, improve and control all processes to achieve the highest quality service to your clients or customers. Make your quality so special, valuable and important to them that your services become their only real value choice. Quality is the job of every employee.

Weak managers are the killers of business. Don’t manage, lead. The less “managing” and more “leading” you do, the better off the company will be. Leaders are both team members and coaches. They facilitate, not control. They are not turf-defending and oppressive, but rather draw out the energy and creativity of those around them.

Transfer ideas, allocate resources and get out of the way so that employees can get out of their “world” and join in on the excitement and energy necessary for a successful business.

Employees today want a more balanced life and to be successful in both their business and family lives. Require a lot of intensity, but allow for flexibility so they can create this balance. Seek results and allow each individual to achieve them in their own way.

Cultivate a culture of learning and growing. Have no boundaries. Encourage everyone to reach beyond their perceived limitations and set aggressive goals. Hire great talent, give them all the support they need and then let them run with it.

Fear has no place in leadership. Fear immobilizes people and renders them unable to work through barriers and reach new heights. Leaders raise leaders!

The goals must be on every agenda and spoken about every day. Anything that moves you away from these goals must be eliminated. Once goals are achieved, new goals must be set and a higher bar raised.

Talk about the numbers, but don’t focus on them. Focus on the vision. While understanding that financial objectives are important, they don’t instill values in the hearts and minds of employees.

High employee satisfaction will yield productivity and high customer satisfaction will yield dollars!
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Jane Schulte is the founder of PRISM Business Advisors located in Greater Cincinnati. She is also the Author of WORK SMART, Not Hard! and BOLD Leadership. Please visit www.PRISMsuccess.com or more information.

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