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Top Tips to Think Like a Business Leader

Being a successful business leader isn’t something that happens overnight, it takes years of hard work to climb the ladder of success. So just what do you need to realise your aspirations?

Below are our top 5 tips to think like a business leader.


Set ambitious goals

A leader will not only set themselves SMART goals they will set goals which they don’t think are easy to achieve. A study by a University of California-Riverside professor Cecile K. Cho proved that those who set stretching goals were happier with their winnings and less disappointed with their losses. A true leader is likely to set goals they aren’t sure they will ever achieve but will give them something to focus on, the fear of failure will keep them motivated.


Use your ears

There is a strong correlation between leadership and listening skills as Richard Branson said “To be a good leader you have to be a great listener. Brilliant ideas can spring from the most unlikely places, so you should always keep your ears open for some shrewd advice. This can mean following online comments as closely as board meeting notes, or asking the frontline staff for their opinions as often as the CEOs. Get out there, listen to people, draw people out and learn from them.”


Sell yourself

Throughout your business career you will have to sell yourself. This could be in an interview situation, with new colleagues or to an actual customer. The ability to sell yourself will be a vital skill that will benefit your long term progression. At first you might not feel comfortable doing this, but the more you do it the easier and more natural it will become.


Show you care

Being empathetic towards your employees is a must for any leader. You need to see them as people and not just as tools in your business but as valuable assets, who bring unique skills to your business to help you achieve your overall goals. A good mantra is to treat others as you would like to be treated and consider individuals feelings and situations.


Communicate your vision and Inspire

A good leader sets the bigger picture vision for the business that outlines the aims of the company. A successful leader can communicate this vision to all employees, making them feel like they have a role to play in delivering that vision to make the business a triumph. Inspired staff means they are more motivated to work hard and deliver for the business.


About the Author

Holly Barry is a Digital PR Executive at Distinctly - an award–winning search marketing agency with a passion for helping businesses grow through SEO, PPC and related services. Email Tel: 01923 728191



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