Effective leadership is the backbone of all well-run businesses. When you get it right at the top, it spreads throughout the organization. So what exactly is getting it right? Does it depend solely on skills you are taught, is it innate, or a combination of a few things? Our friends over at Smart Hustle Magazine did a little research about this very thing. They’ve even put together a guide that answers the question: What Kind of Leader Are You?
Psychologists and researchers have long understood that there are many leadership styles, with no single style being perceived as the “best” way to lead a team. While important leadership skills are generally the same across every business leader (such as confidence, communication, creativity and the ability to delegate,) how a person uses those skills to interact with and guide their team makes up their individual leadership style.
Small business owners take on the role of ‘leader’ by default. No one person can do it all, so along the way, every small business owner leads a team now and then, whether it is managers and employees or independent contractors and freelancers. [Read more…]