This begs the question: what does it take to be a good leader? How does a business leader take his entrepreneurship to the next level? How does an individual become a shining example to his peers?
The essential keywords: talent and toil. We are all gifted with talents, whether we discover them as kids or develop them, driven by our passions and interests. What differentiates those who are talented from those who are successful as well is plain hard work.
If you are in the field of IT marketing, continue expanding your knowledge by learning all about your products, reading about professional selling skills, and constantly testing and adjusting your presentation. If you are an athlete, work at perfecting your skill daily and take special care of your body! If you are a writer, read voraciously and journal daily. If you are a business owner, keep yourself up to date with company and product developments, expand your knowledge by reading books from leaders in the industry, learn from each business transaction, and re-apply business tactics that yield results.
Know that taking risks is the only way to grow and flourish. Nobody ever met success by refusing change and staying safe. Adopt new technologies. Face your fears and get out of your comfort zone.
Always look for new challenges. Keep away from languishing in your failures or getting stuck in past successes. Learn from your experiences. When you meet the outcome that you were aiming for, celebrate your accomplishment and tackle the next thing. Remaining in the glorious past is like being a “one-hit-wonder,” you make one great hit and never move on to create new ones.
A great example of a company that constantly challenges itself is Apple. The multinational corporation boasts of a comeback story that is often described as “remarkable.” Steve Jobs became the interim CEO in 1997 before he became the permanent CEO, when the company was about to go bankrupt. Jobs had to constantly innovate to resurrect the business, discarding ideas that didn’t work and adopting new ones. By 2010, the consumer electronics company had grown into a billion dollar empire.
Adopt an attitude of gratitude. A good leader is one who knows how to appreciate good work and graciously recognizes instances when both peers and clients make an extra effort to meet goals or expand relationships. Leaders never expect goodwill, but know that trust must be earned; they never stay complacent and assume that their business will always be on top, but they are thankful for good outcomes and continue to strive for continued success.
Interush is your partner in your business endeavors, and we will continue to grow together.
Martin J. Matthews
Chairman and CEO