One of my favorite magazines of all time has to be Entrepreneur Magazine and the fact that they recently ran an article about the 22 Must Have Leadership Qualities I have become even more of a devoted reader. The qualities of an entrepreneur shouldn’t be reserved for just those looking to create the next billion dollar venture capital backed startup. No, far from it. Entrepreneurs exist in all walks of life including education, government and other industries but the term entrepreneur has been focused mostly on start ups. Whether you are working on building your own company or work for a small business, you can be an entrepreneur and use these types of leadership qualities where you work or to help you grow your business into the next Google or Facebook.
I’ve created businesses myself, including the successful personal training company and triathlon team, Fit2train. The idea for the company was borne out of my interest in health and fitness and wanting to improve the lives of those interested in swimming, cycling and running and to make a business and life out of doing so. At the time there were not many options for those wanting to train for a triathlon in Dallas except for the Team in Training program coached by a good friend of mine, Todd Codish. As any smart entrepreneur would do, I saw a need that existed in a market that I had in-depth knowledge of and had an interest in. So I developed a business plan and got started. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are a major driving force in the United States economy and hopefully through exposure to great resources like Entrepreneur Magazine and articles like this, new entrepreneurs can begin work on their next great business idea. Here is the 1st of the 22 Must Have Leadership Qualities: Focus.
#1 Leadership Quality: Focus
“It’s been said that leadership is making important but unpopular decisions. That’s certainly a partial truth, but I think it underscores the importance of focus. To be a good leader, you cannot major in minor things, and you must be less distracted than your competition. To get the few critical things done, you must develop incredible selective ignorance. Otherwise, the trivial will drown you.” Tim Ferriss
#2 on the list is Confidence.
What leadership qualities do you find make for great leaders?