So you want to be a leader in the business world? Good for you! Before that can happen, you need to make sure you’ve got what it takes to be a leader.
This is listed first on purpose. It’s easy to get caught up in the “what’s in it for me” mindset when you want to be a business leader. If you really want to get ahead of the pack, though, you need to be philanthropic as well as profit oriented. Donating to charity and using your success to start non-profits will only help you get ahead. Don’t believe me? Look at Pepe Fanjul. The sugar and real estate mogul currently donates his time to a number of non-profits and is on the board of St. Thomas University. If he can make the time and find the energy to be charitable, so can, and so should, you.
You are far more likely to find success if you believe in what you are doing and believe that what you are doing is worthwhile. That might sound like some sort of hippie nonsense, but it is completely true. The question isn’t your level of commitment; it is whether commitment itself is enough to make you successful. The answer, often overwhelmingly, is no. Make sure your answer is yes!
You know in your gut that what you are doing needs to be done in the way that you are doing it. Listen to that. Remember that education can only get you so far. After that, it’s instinct and trusting yourself to know what to do. That is something that you can’t learn from a book. You learn it with experience. Which brings us to –
If you are afraid to make a mistake you aren’t ever going to really try. If you really want to be the next Steve Jobs, Rupert Murdoch or Oprah Winfrey you can’t be afraid to mess up every once in a while. Mistakes are the things that teach you the lessons you need to learn. Learn from your mistakes so that you don’t repeat them, but don’t be afraid of making them every once in a while.
You can’t do everything yourself. So surround yourself with smart and capable people that you can trust to do the things you need them to do. Choose people whose personalities and work ethics mesh with your own. Building a team is something that takes time to learn and there is a lot of trial and error involved. You can read tips for how to do it in books and articles but practical experience is the best teacher here.
These are definitely not the only five qualities that every successful business leader needs to have. If you want to find success, though, you’ll want to make sure these qualities are in your “toolbox.