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Developing Leadership Skills in Your Home Based Business

Aug 23, 2008
When you started your home business, developing leadership skills may not have been the first on your list of things to do. You might be forgiven for believing that leadership is about managing a team: "If I work for myself why do I need to be a leader?"

However, if you think that leadership is not something you need to worry about, you could be seriously damaging your chances of success. Achievement in any area is all about leadership, whether you are working with others or alone.

Firstly, you need to remember that when you work at home there is no-one up at the front making all the decisions. You are responsible for everything that happens in your home business. You make the decisions, and you are the one taking action. You create the strategies, and you are the one who carries them out. You are both leader and follower.

When you start your home business you will first of all need to learn, and this will mean following others who are already successful. Even so, it is up to you to decide which of the skills you are learning will work best for you.

Once you have learned the basics and are feeling more confident, you will find that you start to have ideas of your own.

Just as a manager in a large company will call a meeting to discuss new strategies, you will need to pull your own resources together to consider these new ideas and how you are going to implement them.

Although much of your thinking might be on your own, you will still need to find other people who can advise and support you. Online forums or networking groups can play a large part here, and it is extremely useful to share your thoughts and ideas with others and allow them to contribute and perhaps help to develop your project further.

This is real leadership. You have had an idea, you have considered it, called on the minds of others to develop it, and now you can put it into action.

People who are successful with a home business are those who offer unique and personalised services. In order to do this, it is important that you develop your confidence and leadership skills.

When you have successfully developed your own niche, you can then become a leader in your own field, and in time you may find that others start to follow you.

Here is a summary of what you need to do to be an effective leader for your home business:

1. Recognise that you are 100% responsible for your business and its success. It is no good blaming others when things go wrong. This is what a "victim" does, not a leader.

2. Learn as much as you can about how to be successful. Find good training programs, join forums and make yourself into an expert.

3. Start to introduce unique services into your business. Research the market and personalise your business as much as possible to provide something that people want or need.

4. Continue to learn, develop and review. Things change, so you need to keep up with trends and move with the times.

5. Eventually, you will be a leader in your own field and people will turn to you for information and support. Treat them with respect, compassion and friendliness. This is true leadership.

Follow these steps, and you will not only be an effective leader but you will have a home business that is truly successful.
About the Author
Ros runs her own online business and is also a successful writer and life coach.

Find opportunities at her website at Financial Freedom Online

Ros's coaching site is at Career & Life Change Coaching
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