Guest Post by: Tumi Frazier, founder of Tumi Frazier International
A business always reflects the character of the owner and its leadership. In essence, a business leader enhances the stature and dignity of the very position in such a way that the office complements the personal attributes of the person occupying it. The most effective entrepreneur is the one with a realistic assessment of his or her own abilities, strengths, weaknesses and the gaps he or she needs to fill.
One of the critical factors in the success of your business is the ability to staff your weaknesses. This way you can focus on doing what you do best and let your team focus on their areas of strengths. Always remember; if you do everything yourself, you hamper the growth of your business.
The most effective entrepreneur is the one with a realistic assessment of his or her own abilities, strengths, weaknesses and the gaps he or she needs to fill.
In most cases when our businesses are ailing, we tend to focus only on methodologies, strategies and other business factors that may need improvement and seldom pay attention to ourselves in order to question our own biases and deeply entrenched assumptions.
It is necessary to assess yourself as an entrepreneur in order to gain a realistic perspective of your situation, which may require that you revise your approach or beliefs. Sometimes it may be necessary to challenge your thinking or change long-entrenched personal habits that served you in the past.
Self–Awareness as an entrepreneur is a clear understanding of the impact you have on people around you.
Reflection is a fundamental process for building self-awareness and self-confidence. It increases self-knowledge, better preparing people to make deliberate, well-informed decisions and lead effectively.
The most important element of Self–Awareness as an entrepreneur is a clear understanding of the impact you have on people around you. It enables you to understand lack of motivation and commitment on the part of your team, the reactions of those around you, as well as the reasons they may not relate to you as a leader.
Understanding the emotions, needs and concerns of other people including your team and customers enables you to forge stronger relationships. Note that people generally respond more to the emotional atmosphere behind your words than they do to the actual meaning of the words. Your emotions and actions prompt your team to emulate the same.
Tumi Frazier is a South African entrepreneur, professional speaker, author, TV personality, consultant, and founder of Tumi Frazier International, Tumi Leadership Academy, and Tumi Foundation. Tumi is an internationally acclaimed Leadership and Change Management expert who has worked with high profile clients and organizations across Africa, United States and Europe. Tumi has authored 4 books: Courageous Stories of Inspiration; In the Midst of the Storm; Stepping Stones to Success; and Your Moment. Follow Tumi Twitter | LinkedIn
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