Leadership is an essential component when it comes to running a business. A leader provides guidance and advice and lets us know what to expect next. There are so many different moving pieces when it comes to leadership- half the time, many of us wonder if we’re even doing it right. Then, one day, you see the robust team you put together, and it hits you. You may know something about running a team and running an effective business. Now, that’s not to say anyone knows all when it comes to being a leader or running a business. However, as a business owner, I maintain that every entrepreneur has something to teach the next.
On top of that, I believe that every single team member at any business has the potential to be a great leader. I believe in this so strongly, that I made it one of our core values here at Michigan Creative. We are all leaders regardless of age, experience, or job title. While my team can learn from me, I also can learn from them, and we all benefit the most when we learn from each other.
What does exceptional leadership mean? A great leader makes everyone around them better, in one way or another. They take meaningful action, big or small, to help the team achieve a common goal. Leaders make tough choices when necessary. They inspire and motivate their colleagues to be the best they can be. Most importantly, they stay dedicated to their teammates and the current task. They do not stop until the job’s finished.
I am proud to say that everyone on my team not only meets and exceeds these criteria. Do we face obstacles? Of course. But that’s another crucial part of leadership: taking challenging times and learning from them. I am grateful for a team that is constantly learning, growing, and improving – and equally appreciative that I get to be there every step of the way.