All leaders are different, but to some degree, there are universal risks a leader should take.
One of the best parts of working with so many small and medium-sized businesses is the opportunity to interact with their dynamic leadership teams. In my opinion, there are many aspects to being a leader. The one I like the most is that of taking a risk.
Risk taking is something that is leveraged from company to company and person to person. For the sake of this article, I’ve included a general list of risks. To some degree, you’re probably already engaging in these risks every day!
Here are seven risks a leader should take:
- Saying something in a meeting that you think might be unpopular, but knowing in your heart it’s the right thing to say, and will contribute to the group.
- Leading a discussion when you aren’t sure exactly how it will end up, but you trust your gut that it will get to the right place.
- Stepping out of your comfort zone – i.e. standing in front of a group and leading a discussion, with all eyes on you.
- Declaring a future for your company and for yourself that isn’t foreseeable.
- Interacting with people’s bigness, rather than with their smallness. In other words, seeing bigger things for people than they see for themselves.
- Giving people tough love, and telling them the truth about where they are falling short.
- Raising the bar for yourself and for others, and allowing you all to discover how to jump over it.