In order to succeed as an entrepreneur, you must find a way to inspire yourself so that you can inspire your team. An inspired leader and an inspired team can reach heights of success others can barely dream of achieving.
Entrepreneur, First Inspire Yourself Then Inspire Your Team
When you are an entrepreneur, it is your vision that should guide the actions of your business. This means you are responsible for inspiring your team. If your business is new, inspiration may be close at hand. There is a certain excitement and joy in a new business venture. On the other hand, if you have been in business for a significant period of time or you have been going through a hard period in your business, it may be hard to be inspiring.
One of your most important jobs as an entrepreneur is to inspire your team. When the business has been going through a difficult time, it is particularly hard to find ways to inspire the team. Because situations like this are natural in the course of business, it makes sense to prepare for it in advance. When you make plans for your business, you plan for a variety of things:
- daily operations
- big picture plans
- strategic operations
- employee management
- the succession of company ownership
While you are planning all the things in this list, be sure to plan ways to inspire yourself and your team. This is not an easy task. Things that inspire one to push forward today, may not work next week. Just as you look for new ways to market and increase sales on a regular basis, you must look for sources of inspiration. Keep a running list so that when the need arises you can go to the list and get what you need. This is a much wiser course of action than trying to create things on the spur of the moment when it is needed.
It is important to keep in mind that there are a variety of ways to inspire employees. Some common ones include:
- pay increases
- time off from work
- special perks and privileges
- cash bonuses
These forms of inspiration are common. It doesn’t take much imagination to use one of these. The trick the smart entrepreneur learns is what is the secret or special desire of her team. When she learns this, she is able to do a better job of inspiring those around her.
An entrepreneur’s vision should guide the actions of her business. So, the question for you on this thrilling day is how does your vision guide your business?
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