To me, entrepreneurs are people with great imaginations. They seem to have answers for everything. No problems cannot be solved, no undertakings cannot be carried out. They are creative in their thinking, always seeking new methods of doing things. Their innate aptitude for avoiding the ordinary, the standard pathways of the business world, is the very crux of their success.
Your people are your valuables. Not the bricks. Not the mortar. Not the machinery. Protect this major investment we have in our people by doing your utmost to make them feel that top-rated priority, that satisfaction in the performance of their jobs. If you do, you have no idea what increased feelings of satisfaction you will experience carrying out your own job. And you will smile at the resultant escalating profits.
Leadership is a delicate blend of self-confidence and humility. You have to have the self-confidence to say, 'You don't want to make that decision without my input!' But self-confidence without humility becomes a problem. I may be the CEO. But part of that was having a few skills, and part of it was luck. Part of it was the man upstairs. So I'm no better than anyone else. Self-confidence and humility: Blend those two together, and you have someone who has a good chance of leading effectively.
Four principles that guide leaders to make choices that are aligned with their values are 1) Self-Reflection: The ability to reflect and identify what you stand for, what your values are, and what matters most. 2) Balance and Perspective: The ability to see situations from multiple perspectives, including differing viewpoints, to gain a holistic understanding. 3) True Self-Confidence: More than mastery of certain skills, true self-confidence enables you to accept yourself as you are, recognizing your strengths and your weaknesses, and focusing on continuous improvement. 3) Genuine Humility: The ability never to forget who you are, to appreciate the value of each person in the organization, and to treat everyone respectfully.