Confront Realities

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This leadership quality is a hard one for most entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are known to be optimistic -- most of the time, too much. We don't get a sense of reality, because for most of us, we have too many dreams to be looking at what's in front of us. A lot of time, what's in front of us will determine a company's future. It's Okay to Say, "I Don't Know." Part of great leadership is humility. It's an understanding that you don't have all the answers. It's okay to say, "I don't know." If you have the right people on your bus, you will get an answer. More importantly, you won't mask the problem -- but bring it to the forefront to solve it most effectively. Get in the Habit of Asking Questions At a client company, we've helped them ask this question once a week to their employees: "How can we improve?" By asking questions early and often, they 're not hit with so many surprises (e.g. an employee quitting because of a bad manager). This keeps employee spirit up, and rids politics. Yes, Arguments are Good When you create a culture where employees can just air everything out, you get brutal and honest facts about your company. In meetings, create conflict. People will have differing opinions, so you'll need to create an environment where all opinions are appreciated. It's much better to have conflict now than to have a culture masked with harmony. When you get this, tensions among people build up until it's too late to mend it. A great leadership quality begins with the ability to confront facts and realities of the company before making any decisions.

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Posted on February 18

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