There’s no one-size-fits-all model for being a successful business leader, but my experience has taught me that there are certain qualities entrepreneurs must have if they’re to really inspire the people around them. Here are just some of the traits that I consider to be especially important when it comes to motivating and enthusing colleagues.
A bold vision
The most inspirational leaders tend to have a bold vision. Whether this is outselling competitors, developing groundbreaking products or services that advance industry standards or meeting ambitious growth targets, being able to think big and articulate their goals clearly and convincingly helps to set the best businesspeople apart. By establishing a brave and ambitious agenda – and consistently reinforcing this – entrepreneurs can create excitement and inspire admiration and loyalty in those around them.
A positive attitude
Positivity is another essential characteristic. Being able to remain upbeat even when addressing potentially significant problems enables leaders to maintain high levels of morale among their colleagues and it contributes to a more positive company culture overall. This can help leaders to steer their companies through the bad times as well as the good and it makes it easier to recruit and retain the top personnel.
A focus on your people
The most skillful entrepreneurs also realise that lasting success doesn’t come from being selfish. They spend time and energy cultivating and nurturing the talents of the people around them, enabling them to fulfil their potential and harnessing their abilities in the best possible ways. This helps to maximise job satisfaction among staff members and, because it takes full advantage of people’s skills, it can boost the long-term success of businesses.
An ability to share your motivations
Many of the most skilled leaders take the time to explain to the people around them exactly what motivates them to strive for the top. By providing personal anecdotes and giving insights into their history and what they are seeking to achieve in the future, entrepreneurs can establish a closer connection with their colleagues. In my own case, I have made the concept ‘Be something more’ a corporate slogan within Appco Group. I first came across the idea as a young kid when I got a poster from my mum displaying this phrase. The concept reflected my late parents’ outlook on life – striving to achieve excellence in whatever you choose to do and helping those around you – and I think it perfectly encapsulates what our company and people do.
Sharing insights and personal motivations like this can promote cohesion and understanding within companies and it can play an important role in inspiring others.
Chris Niarchos is the founder and chairman of the Cobra Group of Companies and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the many businesses within the group. He began his career as an entrepreneur at the age of just 22, when he established his first direct sales business, and has since gone on to achieve international success. You can find out more about Chris Niarchos’ background and business achievements online.