Published on August 17th, 2013 | by Jose Vasquez0
4 Lessons for Leadership Applied to Startup Tech Companies
Turning to the advice of great leaders of the past is an excellent way to develop yourself as a leader in your startup tech company.
Great leaders are rare, and marvelous to admire. They often change the world, or at least their niche, for the better by inspiring the people around them, accelerating new ideas, and taking control of their situation.
As an entrepreneur of a startup tech company, you’ll be in a position of growing leadership—which can be intimidating for some. But one of the best ways to develop your leadership and management style is to look to great leaders that came before you, and learn from their successes or failures.
Business author and former athlete Lewis Howes recently wrote a feature on powerful lessons from some of the greatest leaders in business, politics, and pop culture. In this article, I’ll be examining these lessons as they relate to startup tech companies.
- Henry Ford explains the value of self-confidence. Henry Ford once noted that the only security you can have in life is faith in your knowledge, experience, and ability. Don’t lose sight of your own capacity for greatness; it will allow you to overcome otherwise insurmountable obstacles.
- John D. Rockefeller encourages independent thought. The great founder of Standard Oil Company always emphasized taking new paths and breaking conventions. To become truly successful and distinguish yourself in the tech world, you need to become an independent thinker.
- Donald Trump understands cutting losses. The serial entrepreneur notes that it’s important to know when to walk away. Sometimes you’ll need to cut your losses or walk away from a deal instead of letting it drag you any further down.
- Jay Z values excellence over fame. The acclaimed music artist and entrepreneur illustrates the difference between being a fad and being truly great. You’ll have to perform at a consistently high level to achieve true success; you cannot rely on a year-long trend to propel your company to greatness.
Becoming a successful leader in your space is a long, intensive process, but being open to learn from those that came before you can help you adapt to your position and get the results you always dreamed of.
The original story can be found at Entrepreneur.com