Over here on the Business in Alignment blog, we talk a lot about what it means to be a leader. Or, more specifically, to be a soulful leader. And today, that tradition continues as we're going to talk all about the habits the most successful entrepreneurs have.
So let’s dive into how to really lead as an entrepreneur, beginning with these five habits to form to be a successful entrepreneurial leader.
Successful entrepreneurs use this clarity to their advantage, utilizing it as a compass that guides their life and their business. Then, when you make decisions based off of this vision, your decisions are going to align with who you are as a business leader.
In a recent post about the seven characteristics of a soulful leader, I talk about why being clear is one of the seven Cs of successful leadership:
“They are clear on their purpose, the impact they wish to be making in...
Let me tell you something you already know: we’re living in extraordinary times. And at times like these, we need extraordinary leaders. And now for something you might not be as sure of: You’re one of those extraordinary leaders! It's true. You were born for this, and now is the time to take the reins of your life and become the leader you’re meant to be.
I know you’re here, reading these words, for a very important reason. Whether your inner voice has been whispering, saying it, or screaming it for some time now, you know you’re a leader. And I know it too! I also know you have a powerful, brilliant perspective we are ready to hear.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to take action!
Here are some steps you can take today on your journey to becoming the leader you were born to be.
What does leadership really mean to you? Chances are, there are leaders all around you, whether you see them on the news or you interact with them on a daily basis. But the ways these people lead might not always resonate with you. In fact, what they think is leadership is something entirely different to you. So today, I invite you to examine what leadership really is.
What does it mean to you? To help you create your own definition of this term, I want to share three characteristics I believe make a good leader.
A great leader doesn’t just lead others. They lead themselves just as fiercely and as gracefully as they navigate life guided by their own “inner voice” and the inner knowing we’re all equipped with. Often, what makes a leader truly great is the ability to actually tap into this inner knowing.
Rather than accepting you “don’t have what it takes” or you don’t have that...
It seems like just yesterday we were talking about looking back on 2020 with my year in review process. Now, with 2022 fast approaching, it’s time to look back on 2021!
This year, like any year, it’s incredibly important to look back on “find the gold” in the past year. To do so, you need to ask yourself thought-provoking and soul-searching questions that help you uncover the best of yourself and your accomplishments.
(There are all kinds of benefits to completing this process at the end of each year. Learn more about them in this post)
If you completed this process last year, I encourage you to revisit your answers from 2020. Then, as you fill out your 2021 Year in Review, you’ll see just how far you’ve come.
Many of us faced more challenges than ever before in 2021. At first thought, you might be telling yourself you didn’t accomplish all that much this year. But I assure you that’s not true! There’s all kinds...
Have you ever met someone who naturally embodies everything it means to be a leader? Maybe there was something about them you couldn’t quite put your finger on, but you just knew they were born to lead. There’s a good chance they embodied certain leadership characteristics that are common among the world’s greatest leaders. Can you guess what these characteristics of a leader are?
Beyond just the characteristics of a leader, today we’re going to talk specifically about the characteristics of a soulful leader.
And what is a soulful leader, you ask? One who leads with soul! Soulful leadership is all about BEING and LEADING in a new and more powerful way. It means embodying leadership, particularly, these seven characteristics.
A soulful leader centers themselves in who they are and the vibration they hold. (On the topic of vibration, here's how to raise your vibration and...
Whether you stepped into it reluctantly or you know you were born to lead, as an entrepreneur, you’re a leader of some sort now. No—really, you are! If you are someone who was born to lead, cultivating leadership presence might be second nature to you. In fact, you don’t have to think about cultivating it because it’s completely natural to you.
But the problem is, we aren’t all comfortable with this role. You set out to be an entrepreneur after all, not a leader! The thing is, there’s virtually always some overlap between these two terms.
In some cases, entrepreneurs lack the innate presence the greatest leaders are known for. Maybe they aren’t as confident, charismatic, or bold as they think leaders should be. But all hope is not lost!
If you ask me, and I think you will agree, a great leader exemplifies honesty, integrity, emotional intelligence, and soulful ambition…among other things. Confidence...
You work hard—there’s no question about that. But are you focused on the "right" things? Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs get trapped in a cycle of what’s known as ‘fake work,” AKA, the things we do with good intentions that perhaps aren’t propelling us forward (or in the right direction) the way we think they will.
Essentially, fake work relates to the concept of spending time on all the wrong things in your business, even though you think that’s where your energy needs to go to grow your business.
Here’s a great definition from Rodger Dean Duncan: “Fake work is work "not explicitly aligned with the strategies and goals of the organization.”
Of course, depending on your specific business, these goals will vary significantly.
In a recent post, we discussed working on your business working in your business, and in some ways, fake work relates a lot to working in your business. Maybe you’re...
Your brand is a lot more than your logo and the colours and images you use in your social media content and on your website. But when you ask a lot of entrepreneurs to define their brand, they’ll tell you things like “It’s light, airy, effortless.” Those are great words to describe a dress or your home decor, but your brand? Not so much!
As an entrepreneur, you need to get a lot more specific about defining your brand.
Before we talk more about the importance of defining your brand, let’s start with this great definition of branding from Seth Godin:
“A brand is the set of expectations, memories, stories and relationships that, taken together, account for a consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another. If the consumer (whether it’s a business, a buyer, a voter or a donor) doesn’t pay a premium, make a selection or spread the word, then no brand value exists for that consumer.”
Until now, you’ve been doing it all on your own. You started your business by yourself, and you intended to run it by yourself. After all, who knows your business better than you do? Why would you risk entrusting important tasks to outsiders? Well, so you can scale your business for one thing! The truth is, outsourcing is something every entrepreneur needs to start doing at some point if they want their business to reach new heights.
Specifically, let’s get into how finally making the decision to start outsourcing in your business can actually be the key to massive growth. As counterintuitive as it may seem to pay others to do things you could do yourself for “free,” this ultimately holds you back and comes at its own cost.
Think about it: your time is valuable. So, while you may not be paying yourself a fee for particular tasks, you’re still spending your valuable time on them. Time that could be spent...
It’s a funny thing...the times we would benefit the most from practicing mindfulness tend to be the times when it’s hardest to do so.
Think about it—when you’re stuck in traffic, you might be more focused on huffing and puffing about the driver who just cut you off than you are on grounding yourself and bringing yourself back to the present moment. Or if you’re dealing with a frustrating client, the last thing you might feel like doing is reminding yourself to practice mindfulness.
While there’s never a bad time to be mindful, it’s often in these high-stress, heavy pressure situations when we need it the most. Naturally, when we have downtime, it can make the most sense to focus on being mindful. It’s also easier to do so in these moments.
And the great thing is, the more you practice mindfulness, the more natural this practice becomes. So, even when you are racing to a...