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Every business building owner needs someone to inspire and enlist support as well as someone to ensure strategies are implemented and processes followed. In other words, a leader and a manager are both needed!
The problem is that the traits of leader and manager do not always reside in the same person. When they do, it is often difficult to change hats easily.
It is argued that the two require different mindsets. A leader who attracts people may be good at strategic planning, original thinking and innovation but may not be so good at focusing short term, attending to administration, controlling the business or resolving conflict.
Nevertheless, when you start up a business, you generally have to perform both roles, and the reality is that both roles can be integrated just fine; if you are prepared to try. It all comes down to having a good understanding of people both inside and outside your four walls.
The big picture–small picture / right brain-left brain distinction between leader and manager can be morphed quite easily into the single character of ‘owner’!
After all, when you left your job to start your own business, isn’t this the bureaucratic rubbish that you wanted to get away from?
Everyone has left and right brain hemispheres! It is just that most have instinctive preferences one way or the other. It’s not that we can’t do both; it is just that we don’t want to if we don’t have to.
(Oh, the luxuries of being employed! There is always someone else to turn to.)
However, the reality of owning a business is that there is plenty that you have to do yourself that you may not want to.
If you understand people and understand what motivates and drives individuals, then you can work out how to treat them in order to bring out their best, or to get the most favourable response.
At no time in the last several thousand years has business ever changed from being all about people. If you put your mind to it, leadership and management can be regarded as two sides of the same coin.
Coming to grips with it and gaining the technical ability and people skills you need are all part of the building of the new you – the successful business owner!
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Until next time!