Leadership vs Management
Often as a small business owner, we are so into being a "Manager" that we forget to be a "Leader". Yes, there is plenty to manage on a daily and weekly basis! If you've been in business for even a small amount of time, you've probably learned that it's hard to succeed without someone to help you each day. That someone is known as "people" and those "people" are your employees. Let me set you straight right now.
People are your most important asset!
Yes, people are an asset. You invest time and you invest money in hiring and training them. People are definitely an asset to your business. The difference with this asset is that it has feelings, emotions, family, and a host of other human characteristics. People are an asset that you treat differently to other assets. Having said that, you need to always remember this:
You "Manage" things - You "Lead" people!
Employees today are begging for Leadership. No, they don't tell you that - they expect you to already know that. A leader is a guide; one who shows or conducts the way. A manager is a director; one who manages a business, especially with skill. Leadership is a skill that can be learned. I like the way Webster defined a leader in referring to the printing business and the definition fits well here.
A series of dots. . . . .
to direct the reader to a specific point. That is exactly what a leader in business is: a series of brief moments (dots) to teach (direct) employees to achieve a specific goal (point). Everyday, you should have a series of dots (information) that you give to employees and eventually those employees perform as you want them to and they will consistently achieve results for your business.
A series of dots for you, the business owner:
Within this site, I will be writing a series of articles that will help you become a leader and a better manager. Those dots will appear from time-to-time, so check back often or bookmark the site. You can also register and as the articles are complete, each one will be sent to you. Also, with each article, I will give you resources for further reading and learning. The first dot (article) that I am going to give you is a principle that, once you learn it, will help you to achieve greater results with far less effort! The first dot:
The Pareto Principle