“The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves,” said Ray Kroc, an American businessman. He purchased the fast food company McDonald’s in 1961 and served as its CEO from 1967 to 1973. Kroc is credited with the global expansion of McDonald’s, turning it into the most successful fast food corporation in the world.
Starting a business is a very exciting but also scary task in our life. When starting a business, it is important to know that it is a concentrated experience. Because everything we do is closely related, and very soon and final, which in turn determines our success.
Therefore, it is very important to not only understand our business but also to develop a good understanding of what true leadership is and what good leadership means.
Here are 5 key characteristics of a successful leader:
Ability to know yourself:
Success is not something that comes from outside, but something that comes from within. Developing an understanding of who we are and what we are capable of is critical to our success. Moreover, it also helps us to get better advice and brings us closer to what we want.
Business acumen ability:
If we want to be successful, we must develop a keen interest and understanding to handle any business situation. It helps us to manage complex situations in such a way that leads to positive outcomes. Today, in this competitive business environment, it’s not just about being good at what we do and making good decisions. We also need to have a clear and comprehensive understanding of the business environment in which we operate.
Ability to build relationships:
Building relationships that will last over time is one of the fundamental skills required of any leadership. This is the cornerstone of business success. This is because cultivating long and healthy relationships helps us connect and bond our teams and partnerships and manage all other relationships. Even though we may have the best products, we still need to build and maintain strong relationships if we are to be successful as market leaders.
Ability to create an inspired culture:
As leaders, we must be able to create an environment where everyone encourages and motivates each other to do their best. This can be a truly invaluable asset as it helps us create a place where fair competition occurs and where talent, growth, and creativity are nurtured.
Agility and adaptability:
While we hope to hone our leadership skills, the ability to adapt and thrive to situations never goes out of style. As leaders, we must be willing to be flexible and open to new ideas. This does not mean accepting and implementing everyone’s suggestions and ideas. It means more than that, it means being able to deal with unexpected situations and tackle any complex situation with the desire to make the most of it. We must be able to face different challenges by adapting and evolving. Let’s take an example.
One of the best examples of a successful business leader is Chief Reginald Bellrose, an experienced leader who served for 17 years as the Chief of Muskowekwan First Nation. As an advisor to Above Food, Chief Reginald Bellrose will help facilitate the development and implementation of a First Nations food brand, creating significant economic opportunities for First Nations.