A business hierarchy is necessary because the success and growth of any company depend on it. If you want to grow your enterprise beyond current restraints, then you will have to demand leadership at every level of your organization. It cannot fall on one person.
But leadership takes different forms, and while those forms are not always mutually exclusive, they should be treated as if they are. In other words, when you approach a short-term problem, you have to look at it from that viewpoint to address any issues effectively. Examining the short with only a long-term viewpoint means you might let the immediate onslaught of issues make a problem worse.
To make sure your business is equipped for the future, here are the three types of leaders you MUST have. If you’re a one-person business, then you have to wear all three of these hats, but not at the same time. Let’s get started!
The Creative Thinker
A business hierarchy must have room for creative thinkers because they’re the ones who stretch the limits of what is currently possible and forge newer and more productive paths. Steve Jobs, by all accounts, was a lousy programmer, but without his vision, some of the most life-changing technological advancements of the 21st Century may never have caught on, at least to the extent that they did.
Creative thinkers are useful for strategic, fundamental, and day-to-day operations.
The Bean Counters
Also important to any business hierarchy is the leader who employs an accountant’s exactitude. These “bean counters” make it their job to take directives and make them work within existing frameworks. They value data and its role in pinpointing problems as well as solutions. Without their help, creativity would have only luck to guide it. Ask most people who’ve played the lottery how that’s worked out for them over the years. Sure, you may run into the occasional winner (maybe). It will mostly be a sea of losers, though.
A successful executive cares less about the day-to-day and what is possible now, and more about where the business is going in 5, 10, or 20 years. Their favorite word is “upcoming,” not “existing.” That’s because they know the business has to continue growing to stay viable, and growth is always forward-looking.
Which of These Best Describe You?
At Davis Ermis & Roberts PC, we encourage clients to experiment with their leadership styles by helping them manage the legal issues, obligations, and requirements that may lay ahead. If you’re a young entrepreneur or existing business leader who could use experienced legal advice, contact us today.
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