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In honor of President’s Day my goal is to give you something to think about as you aspire to run your business in a way that leads to personal and professional growth while also serving others in a way that allows you to make a profound impact on the lives of others. Enjoy
So take some time today to answer this question for yourself: Which type of president are you?
Authoritative – you’re in control and you must keep control of everything so you do everything yourself. You are, well dare I say it, a control freak. Do you want the good news or the bad news first? The good news is that things get done….by you. You have clearly defined goals for growing your company but it takes you longer because you HAVE to be the one who gets it done. You seldom enlist the help of others and as a result, not as much is getting done. You’re like the proverbial hamster on the wheel, moving but not getting anywhere fast. Additionally, you’re not very creative so that means that you probably bore yourself and if you’re bored, my bet is so are your customers and clients.
If you’re an authoritative president, my recommendation is that you complete a SWOT analysis on your company (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) Upon taking stock on your organization, take control of making the changes you identify by seeking the counsel of a coach or mentor who can help you have enough control of your organization while balancing the control for effective growth over time.
Laissez-Faire – you kind of go with the flow. The problem with that, is that the flow isn’t usually moving upstream. You’re led more than you lead and as a result, your company growth is well, not so much. You jump on each new bandwagon. See a colleague offer something new and immediately you create something just like it so that you can “be on the cutting edge.” You do realize that if you’re copying what someone else is doing, it’s not cutting edge, rightJ? You’re less productive than you desire to be because the bright shiny objects keep you focused on anything but what you need to do to progress. More than likely, you don’t have a coach or mentor and wouldn’t dare get one because you don’t see anything wrong with the way you’re doing things. This, by the way, is the definition of insanity. You’re easily unmotivated and are always looking for a reason to give up or at least delay doing the necessary work.
If you’re this kind of president, my recommendation is that you get some accountability and fast. That accountability in my personal opinion should come from someone who has proven that they are able to get results for themselves and others. The first step is admitting that you’re a laissez-faire kind of president. After admitting your problem you can find someone who can set you up on a program to finally get some things done to grow your business.
Democratic – you’ve got balance…you know when to lead and when to be a team player but more than anything you’re clear on what it will take to grow your business. You’ve got a team, people helping you to extend your brand so that you serve your ideal clients in the best possible way. You’ve got an awesome board of advisors, a coach or mentor and you listen to what your team feels will take you to your next level. At the end of the day, you know you’re the “boss,” but you allow others input before you make a decision to drive your business forward.
If you’re this kind of president, congratulations, you get it. You know that it takes team work to make the dream work and you are working with a great team each day.
The important thing to note here is that while you can choose the style of president you desire to be for your company to grow, the best type is the democratic style, as it is the best of both worlds. Entrepreneurs who grow strong businesses and enter the 5% of those earning in excess of $100,000 each year know the importance of being team oriented, focused, results driven and balanced in their approach.
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©2012 by Darnyelle A. Jervey. All Rights Reserved. Darnyelle A. Jervey, MBA, The Incredible Factor Business Coach and Marketing, is the founder of Incredible One Enterprises.com and the Leverage Your Incredible Factor System® a proven step by step program for more clients, more income and more leverage in your business. For more information and a FREE audio download “How to Use Your Incredible Factor to Attract MORE Ideal Clients” visit http://www.incredibleoneenterprises.com.