Today’s most powerful business leaders aren’t where they are because they rode the line. People like Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Warren Buffett got their riches by doing things differently. They were creative in their approach to seek out new business, motivate employees and lead their respective organizations. With the right strategy, decision-making skills and motivational leadership, any business owners can create successful ventures for themselves, too.
Be a Rock
One trait all exceptionally creative business leaders have is a clear sense of integrity. They are honest, fair and confident in their decisions. Warren Buffet once said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation, and only five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you will do things differently.” Running your business with honesty, openness and discipline will create the strong base you need to build an empire. Of course, it takes a whole lot more to take it there.
Always Be Learning
Good leaders must always stay hungry to learn, and motivate others through the process. No one wants to work for an arrogant leader who can’t admit mistakes, or accept better ideas than their own. Maintaining humility, and showing a willingness to take opinions from others, especially criticisms, will make your team more confident in you as a leader, and eager to follow you the growth of the organization.
Communication is Key
Lastly, and possibly most importantly, creative leaders have to be flexible and open in their communications with both clients and employees. Providing what people want, either from employers or out of a business transaction, can be the difference between average and extraordinary. This requires keeping open communication with your employees, keen negotiation skills and being a team player. Adopting and maintaining these traits will help you make the most out of any business venture.
Source: Strategic Business Team