Success is not always about what you’re doing, sometimes it about what you could be doing differently. Not everyone can run a profitable company. In fact, it takes a special set of skills to be a true leader.
Executives and successful entrepreneurs do things differently than you do. We’re not talking about middle level management here, we’re talking about real decision makers. Here’s a list of things successful business people do differently:
- Put people first. Climbing the corporate ladder or maintaining a successful business is rarely done alone. It’s the coworker that tells your boss how you jumped in when people were spread thin, or your assistant manager who works a double shift when your new employee calls in sick, who sets you apart. These people put themselves out there for you, because you’ve shown them they’re appreciated or valuable. Do right by the people around you, no matter how “small” they are, and they’ll do right for you.
- Work harder. You probably occasionally get to work early and leave late. When asked to do a task you do it. Overall you’re a hard worker. We’ll here’s a terribly kept secret – your boss’s boss works harder. It’s those employees who take the initiative, without being asked, who rise through the ranks. Is there something this week that you could proactively get involved in?
- Stay focused. It can be easy to get distracted by the noise that surrounds your business day – becoming overwhelmed and inefficient. Most successful higher-ups have the ability to decipher information, discarding the noise, to identify problems and focus on solutions. When today gets chaotic, slow down and focus on the important tasks – leaving the non-priorities for tomorrow.
- Exude confidence. You don’t have to be an expert for people to think you’re one. Most positions of leadership require the respect of those around you. Formulate your plans and ideas, keep the course, and stay confident.
- Change it up. Don’t be afraid to innovate. Just because the company or industry does it a certain way doesn’t mean you have to. Look at companies like Virgin, Google, Dyson and Apple, who diverted paths of entire industries simply by trying things a new way. If it ain’t broke, break it!