Whether we want to admit it or not, the pace of the leader is the pace of the team. Business, like life, has many layers and depths of understanding.
On a superficial level we have the segments of a business most everyone knows:
All are very important for any business to be profitable and sustain in the long term. So why is it that even with this basic understanding of each segment, 9 out of 10 businesses close their doors in the first 3 years?
This is because we as leaders have failed to take accountability and learn how to be a LEADER versus a MANAGER.
It’s almost like the stages of life. Freud would say that if you as a child had learned how to walk before your learned how to crawl then you were not able to fully develop. This would cause some challenges in the future as an adult. Consider for some of you that you are stuck in a stage of leadership, or skipped over a stage of leadership, and that is why it is challenging to maintain a successful, smooth running business.
Once you know your position in your stage of development as well as what the next stage is, then you can take the necessary actions to get there by utilizing the skills learned in your coaching program.
This means that as an individual, you are extremely proficient at your duties. You have mastered being an individual. The challenge lies in proper assessment of where to grow.
This is where many get stuck due to the fact that you as the owner/manager/team leader are the top producer and generate 75% or more of the revenue. Although important, at this level you are working as a team member and are not truly able to be the leader for the rest of the team development.
This is someone who can successfully delegate and assimilate information, provide direction and problem solve. This is one who manages things and individuals’ moods. This individual does what he/she is told and manages based on outside directives.
Your title has changed again and “leader” takes place. This is where you stop managing and truly become a leader by guiding others. You are now effectively guiding individuals based on a common vision, mission and goals. You will manage systems not moods, instill confidence and reach a new level of success. However, there is still one more level to get to the apex of success.
A fully developed leader will embody all 5 levels. Imagine people whom you know that function at this level of leadership. Do they have a successful, profitable business and still have a life?
To choose to take on the journey of business coaching, you will master each level of your business.
Most importantly you will still have a LIFE outside of work.