Seven Risks a Leader Should Take

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Stepping out of your comfort zone – i.e. standing in front of a group and leading a discussion, with all eyes on you.
  4. Declaring a future for your company and for yourself that isn’t foreseeable.
  5. Interacting with people’s bigness, rather than with their smallness. In other words, seeing bigger things for people than they see for themselves.
  6. Giving people tough love, and telling them the truth about where they are falling short.
  7. Raising the bar for yourself and for others, and allowing you all to discover how to jump over it.

What are your thoughts? Do you have any other risks a leader should take? Let us know in the comments, we would love to hear!



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Charles Bernard is the CEO at Criteria for Success. He writes about sales, sales leadership, social selling best practices, time management, and anything related to helping others make sales success a habit.

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