What is Your Small Business Leadership Edge?

Do You Have a Small Business Leadership Edge?

As a leader, you have (or need to grow) your expertise in managing teams and your business. We want you to focus on, develop and become known for your small business leadership edge. It's that special skill that helps you lead, effectively manage and still build a successful business. 

One of my clients, Sam, is extremely effective at establishing business systems and finding experts for key areas of his business. His small business leadership edge is his ability to create or leverage automated systems that help him grow and expand no matter what people resources come in or out of his business.

For you to get a good hold of what your edge is, you must first understand the difference between leaders and managers. 

People often confuse the terms leadership and management as if they are the same, but they are not. However, there are definitely areas where both roles overlap.

A manager focuses on how you do things:  

  • Planning and budgeting
  • Organizing and staffing
  • Coaches and develops teams
  • Controlling and problem solving
  • Holds people accountable and leads by example
  • Helps connect employees' day-to-day activities with the big picture

Whereas a successful leader focuses on:  

  • Establishing the strategic direction of organization and high-level strategies
  • Empowers and motivates their people
  • Establishes the business model to take care of the people, profits and the business
  • Aligns people to move in the same direction
  • Effectively communicates and collaborates
  • Creates and demonstrates the vision, mission, values

Sometimes you’ll find effective managers that are also leaders and there are also great leaders that are NOT good managers. As a small business owner, we must learn to do both. 

How to You Create the Small Business Leadership Edge That Showcases Your Experience and Expertise

Answer the question: What kind of leader do you want to be recognized as? This is the best way to define your small business leadership edge. 

Use the following 5 tips to identify and grow your leadership edge:

  •  Build upon your existing leadership skills and identify your leadership strengths to maximize off of them
  • Know your leadership style and how it impacts others 
  • Hire and collaborate with people that have strengths where you have weaknesses and those that can thrive in the cultural environment you create
  • Constantly learn and upgrade your knowledge around business and leadership
  • Be inspired and mentored by those that are great leaders and pay it forward!  

For more leadership strategies, tips and resources, gain access to our Small Business Leadership Edge Show.

Looking forward to connecting with you on the inside! Warmly, Toni 

Toni Navy, Business Strategy Expert

About The Author

Toni Navy is a Business Strategy Expert and #1 Best Selling Author. Toni Navy is a Business Strategy Expert and #1 Best Selling Author. She’s known for delivering high-impact training programs and consulting services to entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals to help you hire, coach and lead a profitable and high performing business.

Mrs. Navy was in corporate for over 20 years and has held management, Director and VP level positions in HR and Operations. She has also provided training and coaching to over 5,000 entrepreneurs and over 10,000 leaders and professionals throughout her career, she is a leading expert on helping entrepreneurs and small businesses with strategies to achieve success.

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