Do you realize that it takes many roles to succeed in an enterprise? Small businesses and entrepreneurial enterprises need leaders of all types. One of my mentors when I began management consulting taught me that leadership is not a position, rather it is a role. Therefore many types of people can be leaders. In fact, it is vital to have a variety of roles involved in a growing enterprise.
Martin Zwilling, an angel investor and entrepreneurial mentor shared some thoughts recently on a blog shared at entrepreneur.com. Talking about a book he read, Intelligent Leadership by John Mattone, Martin shared that you need to bring a variety of key roles onto your team. Here are 9:
- Helpers – those who want to guide others so that the team can succeed
- Entertainers – those who want to engage and win people over to a cause
- Artists – those who create and innovate
- Thinkers – those who analyze and study the world around them
- Disciples – those who work well with others, but need permission to act
- Activists – those who promote a positive vision and encourage others
- Drivers – those who take charge and take responsibility for getting results
- Arbitrators – those who bring people together and help them understand one another
- Perfectionists – those with high standards and ethics to ensure things are done well
Each role has its strengths and weaknesses, but the truth is you need all these roles filled (at the right times) for your venture to succeed.
Which role is your natural role? John Maxwell says in his Law of Magnetism that we tend to attract others just like us if we don’t find a way to connect people through a strong vision — something for them to have in common. What is your vision? How do you share it with others? Why not share your thoughts in the comment section? I would love to hear your perspective.
9 Leadership Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs by Martin Zwilling at entrepreneur.com.