Were You Born To Follow Or Destined To Lead?

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Do you ever wonder whether you should be at the head of the table or in the room where the decisions are made in your company? Perhaps, you often wonder whether you have what it takes to run your own company. Well, you’re not alone because a lot of people ask this question of themselves. The truth is very few people can run a company successfully. You need the right skills, the knowledge and the mindset to succeed. What traits are talking about?

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Do you find that you give up after one attempt at making something work? Perhaps you only try to fix a computer once before you hand it over to a repairman. If that’s the case, you’re probably not cut out to lead. Leaders don’t give up after one try, they keep going until they get it right. The proof of this is in tech products. You might have noticed that certain pieces of tech have a number after them like the Coolfit 3000. It’s easy to assume that they just picked that name because it sounds contemporary. But actually, it was probably the 3000th model that they made and the first one to work. You can’t admit defeat if you’re ready to run a company because it will always be nipping at your heels.

Following The Leader

As the owner of a business, you have to be ready to take the lead and manage the company. A good place to start would be to try your luck managing a project in your business. If your boss asks you whether you want to take the reigns on a project, say yes, and you’ll discover whether you can lead a team. If you don’t think that you have the skills to do this, you can take a course to get a masters of project management degree. There, you’ll be able to learn all the knowledge you need to successfully manage a project and get people to fall behind you.

The Art Of Handshake


You might think that great business leaders are simply fantastic thinkers or skilled negotiators. Typically though, they have something else too, and you could think of this as the X factor. It’s what separates them from the rest, a mixture of charisma and ambition. An example of this, believe it or not, would be the handshake. Business owners shake hands with the right amount of force to exert their authority without making someone feel uncomfortable. The right handshake is almost an art form, and once you master it, you’re well on your way to being at the head of the table.

A Great Idea

Lastly, if you’re going to run your own company, you need to make sure that you have a unique perspective on a market, a problem or a product. Even if the product or service that you’re offering isn’t directly different, you still need to be able to demonstrate a unique approach. If you can do this, you will find your own spot on the market, and you’ll be ready to lead your business towards success.

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Paul Tomaszewski is a science & tech writer as well as a programmer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of CosmoBC. He has a degree in computer science from John Abbott College, a bachelor's degree in technology from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and completed some business and economics classes at Concordia University in Montreal. While in college he was the vice-president of the Astronomy Club. In his spare time he is an amateur astronomer and enjoys reading or watching science-fiction. You can follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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