Being a leader by Adam KidanThe main juice behind a startup is that visionary entrepreneur behind an innovative new venture.  However, this entrepreneur can’t grow the business alone; they need to grow from a “doer” to a leader.  While it’s a big transition, it’s a necessary step in the world of entrepreneurship.  While these entrepreneurs know what needs to be done, they might not know how to get it done through others.  There isn’t a magic formula to getting there, but here are some great tips for making it happen, based off an article I found on entrepreneur.com:

Become a student of leadership: Entrepreneurs who become business leaders study the success of their peers.  They find mentors who have been there, read books on the subject and participate in leadership development programs.

Set personal leadership goals: Business leadership means spending more time working on the business and less time working in it.  You can measure these activities yourself and then get feedback from your team.

Get outside of your comfort zone: If you never push your limits and don’t fail, then you won’t learn of any new capabilities.  As a new entrepreneur, you might not have any experience with hiring or delegating, yet these skills aren’t too hard, and are a big part in growing a business.  Don’t be afraid to ask for support from your more experienced peers.

Celebrate small success and learn from failure: People who demand perfection from themselves don’t always get it, and are rarely good leaders.  Learn to celebrate small steps in the right direction and learn from your failures.  Be humble and transparent in invoking your team and even customers in successes and mistakes.

Recognize and reward success: Recognizing and celebrating leadership in others will supplement and solidify your own capabilities.  The more you walk in the shoes of leaders around you, the easier and more natural it will be to define and capitalize on your own elements of leadership.

Demand strong performance: Good business leaders are known to expect excellence from both themselves and their team.  They don’t tolerate mediocrity, keeping their team motivated and proud.

Improve your communication skills: Effective leadership means effective communication; your team, customers and partners need to understand your vision, goals and what is expected of them before deciding to follow you.  Great leaders also practice active listening and full attention.

Stay positive: Nobody wants to follow somebody that’s constantly grumpy or negative.  Business people are attracted to passionate, motivated and enthusiastic peers; being positive and passionate about what you do will attract these people, who in turn will make you feel happier and more fulfilled.