Recognize that your employees are your most valuable asset. Quoting Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.” Branson also said, “Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”
Musk and Jobs can be described as visionaries. I doubt that the leaders reporting to them would tolerate working for an autocrat and being micromanaged if, unlike Tesla and Apple, the company lacked the ‘cool factor” and didn’t produce inspiring widgets that change the world. Musk and Jobs are outliers—they are unique. Learn from and emulate them, without adopting the negative aspects of their leadership styles.
By not operating beyond your job description, you deprive yourself the opportunity to gain experience and demonstrate that you are worthy of a promotion into a position of increased responsibility. Don’t stifle your career. Want to impress your boss? Go beyond what is expected of you.
Effective leaders know to push down decision-making to the lowest possible level in their organization, as the Ukrainian military does. You want to hire people who will take the initiative. Having decision-makers throughout the organization owning their results is much more effective than top-down command and control.
The test of any leader isn’t when things are going well. It’s when they face difficult challenges. The individuals who embrace these universal traits and practices in this article will more effectively overcome those challenges and be successful in their careers.
In real time, entrepreneurship students hire employees, attract investors, sell to customers, execute business strategies, learn how to de-risk their decisions and manage a P&L statement. These are valuable skills whether one starts a business, works for a startup or works for an established company.
Be open to new opportunities that come your way and create your own opportunities. Embrace change, the only constant in life.
These differentiators will help you stand out from other individuals who are interviewing for the same position.
President Joe Biden has been in office for three months. Let’s take a look at how he is doing on five of the major issues facing his presidency.
Successful leaders enjoy engaging with others, possess a high level of emotional intelligence, engender trust, value their credibility and know their legacy.
Setting the right tone at the top and nurturing the right culture, encouraging employees to develop a feeling of ownership for their area of responsibility and recognizing the brutal facts of reality are among these seven leadership traits.
Eric Zillmer has touched the lives of many students. This is the legacy he leaves as he steps away as Drexel’s athletics director. He is a role model not only for his athletes and students, but for all of us.