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By Marilyn Breen

Cool-headed, farseeing, visionary, courageous – whichever adjectives you choose, leadership is a winning combination of personal traits and the ability to think and act as a leader.

Anyone can be a leader, even if the only person they’re leading is themselves.

Transform yourself into the kind of leader your small business needs with these five keys to business leadership.

1. A leader plans

Good leaders analyse and plan and adapt their plans to new circumstance and opportunities

2. A leader has vision

Vision provides direction and without direction your small business will flail about. If you don’t have one already, take your first step towards business leadership and create a Vision Statement for your business.

3.  A leader shares their vision

Sharing your leadership vision helps your vision grow and your business leadership develop.

4.  A leader takes charge

You can’t just “talk a good game” to be a leader; you need to act and to be seen as taking effective action for the good of your small business.

5.  A leader inspires through example

In developing your own business leadership skills, you have to act in ways that are fitting to your leadership vision and yourself – at all times. We can all name many actions of other people whom we admire, but what inspires us is the integrity that gives these actions meaning.

Need help with developing your leadership style?

Internationally accredited coach, Sue Montgomery offers a leadership coaching program that helps build and develop leaders.

Sue delivers her programs internationally to executives of multi-national companies as well as locally on the Mid North Coast.

Based in Port Macquarie, and a Small Biz Connect client, Sue specialises in helping managers and small business owners develop their leadership skills.

For further information contact Sue at Coaching Professionals Group on 0413 277 563 or visit www.coachingprofessionals.com.au

Remember, learning to be a leader isn’t easy because it takes a conscious commitment and consistent effort.

However, anyone who is willing to make the effort by working on the five keys to business leadership can become a good leader.



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