As an internet entrepreneur it is likely that you are operating with little to no staffing. For this reason you’ve become, in some cases, the loan leader of your operation. However, there are some of us who have reached points in our respective internet businesses where we are producing enough volume to maintain a team of individuals. These are staffers who are equally responsible for making happen what has to happen in the business.
I myself have reached that point and it was without much warning that I came to realize that the success of my online business has now developed into and moving organization. With the new found team of techs, software managers, product delivery team, and site management, I have now become a leader of something other than myself.
As a result of this new found understanding I began to look closely at where I’m at in being not only a leader in my business but an effective one as well. I have discovered, quickly I might add, that leaders who are effective concentrate on two main areas. First, they’re task oriented, which means that they lead the team in whatever required task the organization needs to remain productive. Secondly, they’re people oriented, which means they have to manage a diverse group of individuals in maintaining a productive atmosphere.
In addition, leaders work diligently to build defined relationships applicable to goal achievement while leading individuals toward greater productivity. In leadership, you will quickly begin to see that leading both task and people can be quite challenging. However, successful leaders have a knack for balancing task and people. Here are 6 leadership tips for internet entrepreneurs:
Work On Your Business, Not In It
Understand that the business and its obligations can quickly pull you into a labour beyond expectation. It’s important to not get caught up in the belief that you can do it by yourself. Adequate help will allow your business to run rather than having your business run you.
The Plan, Work It
You have already devised by this stage of the game a plan of action. I should be a plan that hopefully prepares you for seen and unseen challenges. This plan must remain the focus of everyday operations and cannot be deviated from.
Find A Mentor
Doing it alone is not always a good idea. There will be critical times in various stages of your business where you will need sound advice and instructions as to how to proceed. This advice should come from someone you trust and believe has the knowledge to get you through some challenging times
Keep Your Eyes On The Future
Remain transparent with regards to changing conditions in the market you’re in. Stay open to the new technology that will become available to you. This is particularly true in ecommerce. This is a changing cycle of newness that keeps producing differences everyday. Remember to stay in a competitive market, you must remain updated with the technology of the future.. Also keep an eye on trending markets.
Remember you will stumble along the way. Even when you come out of the blocks, there is always some type of hurdle up ahead. Remain prepared for these challenges. When obstacles come, if you can’t get over them go through them.
Be tough on yourself and your drive to compete. With internet business, you must be able to motivate and push yourself.
Understand becoming efficient in these general areas of required leadership will not only help maintain production within your internet business but it will also prohibit you from having your business lead you. Harold S. Geneen states that “Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” It’s important to understand that you set to tone for how they will follow and how they follow determines how you will succeed.
You should also keep in mind that communication and visionary implementation remain primary assets in the need for increased productivity. However, each of them involves the skillful task of working with people. As it is in piano for beginners, practice makes perfect. If you remain consistent in what you do your consistency will set the tone for followers to follow. Not unlike putting your nose to the grindstone, and taking on a task as grueling as to learn piano online.
It is in this specific area business development that leaders excel because all good leaders have a primary focus on building relationships for the betterment of the organization. They inspire and motivate their followers by serving as both coach and facilitator.