Leadership is a funny thing. Some people were born to be leaders, and they know it. Others believe that they are the least qualified person to lead, but they end up being thrust into a leadership role because of their personality and character. Whether a leadership position is something that you have been chasing after for years, or it just sort of fell into your lap, every leader needs one thing; wisdom.
I believe that wisdom is something that can be acquired, and should be sought after continuously no matter how much of it you attain. A wise leader is always thirsty for more wisdom.
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.
Surrounding Yourself with the Right People
A wise leader seeks the counsel of others: It’s tough being a rogue leader and still live a life of wise decisions. I believe that we were made to commune with each other. Whether you break bread or grab a pint at the pub, it’s good to spend time with people who are always reaching. Making decisions, especially monumental decisions for your business, requires the advice of others (preferably well respected and experienced peers.) Great leaders surround themselves with people who are constantly working on themselves, no matter how successful or put together they may seem.
Finding the “right” people to surround yourself with might be harder than it sounds though. We have all met people who seem to have the world, but after a few months or even years of knowing them, you realize that they’re just blowing smoke. How can you tell if someone is full of it, or truly wise? You have to sniff out their pride and ego. I have found that the people you truly want to surround yourself with have altruism at the center of their lives. The time that they spend advising you along your way is not so that they can get a payout down the road or even a nod of approval. It’s because deep down, they just want what is best for you and your business.
Set Your Emotions Aside
We come across fires all day every day. It’s the nature of being an internet marketing company that works with small businesses. Things get messy, and we’re perfectly okay with it. When things get crazy, it’s easy to freak out. Whether a client is getting anxious about results, or a new site takes longer than expected to propagate, things happen. If we let our emotions lead our decisions, TrustWorkz wouldn’t be growing and retaining clients.
Wise business leaders set emotions aside (but do not ignore them completely.) A rational and wise mind takes time to think through decisions. If your business plan is to react immediately at anything that is thrown your way, then you will have a tough time growing your business (and having a normal sleep schedule.)
Take your time to make the right decision the first time before you react to quickly by emotion alone. Keep a cool head, and don’t freak out. An ill thought through reaction could make matters worse… much worse.
When you’re building a business, it’s easy to look around at what everyone else is doing, or the next shiny object. These are distractions. If what you are doing is worth focussing on, then give it the attention your project deserves. After all, there might be salaries, your savings, and your family’s well-being at stake.
This is where a mission statement comes into play. Do you know who you are or what your business stands for? If you don’t know, you need to figure it out. When we lose focus, it becomes easy to sign the next client who might be a bad fit for the company. When we lose focus of our mission and who we are at the core of our business, we begin to make business decisions that lead us off course.
A wise business grows, adapts, and innovates to match their mission. If a decision deviates from that mission, then you’re on a slippery slope that leads to more work, more money out of pocket, and eventually more than a few regrets.
Focus is the discipline to say no to anything off mission – and that is true freedom.
Mark DeMoss – The Little Red Book of Wisdom
The Destroyer of Wisdom