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213: Leadership Skills To Grow Your Business Whether You Are Starting A Business Or Side Hustle, A Solopreneur, Entrepreneur, Mompreneur, Freelancer, Bookkeeper, Virtual Assistant, Business Owner



213:  Leadership Skills To Grow Your Business Whether You Are Starting A Business Or Side Hustle, A Solopreneur, Entrepreneur, Mompreneur, Freelancer, Bookkeeper, Virtual Assistant, Business Owner, Or Self-Employed


A leader is someone who has a strong vision and leads a group of people or a team towards that common goal through inspiration and motivation.  Knowing what motivates you as a leader, as well as where your strengths and weaknesses are within your leadership skills so that you can continue to learn and improve these skills, will ultimately help you become the successful leader you aspire to be.  There are many skills that you should be aware of so that you can portray these leadership skills in not only your business but your personal life as well.  In today’s podcast episode, I walk you through the leadership skills that the most successful leaders have mastered so that they can lead their business, team, and employees to reach their overall vision as well as each individual goal while maintaining happy and healthy relationships.  Whether you are a self-employed individual, a solopreneur, entrepreneur, mompreneur, freelancer, small business owner, a remote, virtual, online, or in-house bookkeeper, or a virtual assistant or VA, you can always look for ways to keep learning, improving yourself and increasing your personal development by embracing these leadership skills.  These tips are essential whether you are using a computerized software system like QuickBooks, Xero, Wave, or FreshBooks for your business finances; or doing your bookkeeping manually with an Excel spreadsheet or even a Google Document…


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A leader is someone who has a strong vision and leads a group of people or a team towards that common goal through inspiration and motivation.  Knowing what motivates you as a leader, as well as where your strengths and weaknesses are within your leadership skills so that you can continue to learn and improve these skills, will ultimately help you become the successful leader you aspire to be.  There are many skills that you should be aware of so that you can portray these leadership skills in not only your business but your personal life as well.  In today’s podcast episode, I walk you through the leadership skills that the most successful leaders have mastered so that they can lead their business, team, and employees to reach their overall vision as well as each individual goal while maintaining happy and healthy relationships.  Whether you are a self-employed individual, a solopreneur, entrepreneur, mompreneur, freelancer, small business owner, a remote, virtual, online, or in-house bookkeeper, or a virtual assistant or VA, you can always look for ways to keep learning, improving yourself and increasing your personal development by embracing these leadership skills.  These tips are essential whether you are using a computerized software system like QuickBooks, Xero, Wave, or FreshBooks for your business finances; or doing your bookkeeping manually with an Excel spreadsheet or even a Google Document… 

 

Welcome Back…Whenever you lead a business, a team, or a group of employees, you need to have a clear vision of where you want to go, as well as each of the individual goals you need to reach to be successful.  Successful leaders know their leadership style as well as their strengths and weaknesses so that they know where they can focus their future growth.  Most leaders will learn and develop their skills over time, but by mastering the skills you may be lacking now, you will also become a successful leader.  These skills are critical for you to acquire.  You may find you need to step out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself, or take on additional tasks so that you can improve these skills.  Know why you want to be a leader in the first place.  Do you genuinely enjoy leading others?  Do you want to make a difference in the world, or do you want to make an impact?  Take some time and think about what motivates you as a leader. 

 

Communication skills are a must and one of the essential skills you need to have to be a successful leader.  Whether in person or in writing, you need to create good listening skills and have the ability to give and receive feedback from others whenever necessary.  You’ll also want to pay attention to not only your body language but your team’s body language so that you can fully understand what others are saying.  You will build trust with your team by providing an atmosphere in your business for honest and open communication.  An effective leader will connect with others to create good relationships.  An open-door policy can be the perfect solution for these situations.  Be aware of what people want, and always inquire and ask questions if you are unsure.

 

Being a leader in your business means you are responsible for getting results, and a growth mindset is essential.  Have a vision of the bigger picture as well as the strategy needed to execute the processes required to reach your goals.  Be proactive and anticipate what will happen.  Be open to new ideas and ready for any situation that arises in your business.  You also want to be able to think critically so that you can foresee potential problems.  By using critical thinking, you’ll help develop ways to prevent problem situations from occurring.  Avoid procrastination by tackling issues head-on and work towards making decisions quickly.  Find ways you can make good quality decisions in any circumstance.  Remain purpose-driven even in the most stressful situations.  Be resilient.  There will always be issues that come up, but by remaining flexible and resilient, you’ll be able to pivot and continue to bring your team and employees along a new course of action to achieve your desired results.  Learn from your mistakes.  Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, but make sure you learn from each mistake that is made.  Be genuine and show your team that you are human and are always ready to improve in the next situation.  By sharing your obstacles with your team and how you’ll overcome them, you will show them that you are humble as well.    

 

Having the ability to delegate whenever possible will give your team a chance to feel empowered and will allow you more time to enhance your leadership skills and work towards your own goals.  You will still want to oversee and ensure your team is following through on their projects or tasks by meeting deadlines and quality standards, but be careful not to micromanage.  When you take the time to teach others, you will help them grow rather than giving them orders.  A good leader will be able to motivate and energize others on the team and will produce a happier team.  Create a positive work environment for your team, make sure that each team member or employee has their own goals that tie into the overall business goals, and give them feedback about how they are doing.  Challenge others to think and learn new things so that they can continue to grow.  Never stop teaching others, and ensure that everyone on your team has what they need to help them succeed.  Always measure performance and recognize any wins or achievements your team reaches.  Be a positive influencer to others and help support them whenever needed.

 

Have an understanding of your business finances.  Know how to read your Balance Sheet and Income Statement and what it tells you about your business.  Sharpen your ability to forecast or predict your future sales, cash flows, and profits for your business.  An overall awareness of how your business is doing financially will definitely benefit your ability to lead your business.  If you struggle in this area, know when to ask for help.  This is one of the areas I help my clients with.  Accountants and bookkeepers can help you get a grasp on your finances so that you can reach your goals.

 

Hone in on your own self-awareness.  Know your emotional intelligence by being able to recognize, manage, and regulate your own emotions as well as others.  Be confident and know you are the best person to lead your business.  Always look for ways to keep learning, improving yourself, and increasing your personal development as a leader.  Challenge yourself to improve by taking the initiative and assessing how you are doing on a routine basis.  Think about what is working and where you could improve your skills.  Increasing your leadership skills will impact the success of your business, your team, and yourself.  Build your professional development with workshops and webinars.  Network with other leaders to stay up to date on what’s happening with others in similar roles.  You can also volunteer to take on additional responsibilities to grow in areas outside your expertise.  Your leadership skills benefit and carry through to both your personal and professional lives.  By boosting your leadership skills, you’ll grow as an individual and use these skills to inspire others both personally and professionally. 

 

Believing in yourself, your leadership skills, and accomplishing your goals in both your business and your personal life is possible. 

 

Imagine having a system in place where you spend less time buried in paperwork and more time doing what you love.  That’s where I help my clients.  They are able to have proper processes in place, understand why they are following through with these processes, and they have more peace of mind when it comes to their business.  Striking a balance between the demands of running a business and maintaining a fulfilling personal life is an art; it’s about creating an environment where you can thrive and support your lifestyle.  By being proactive and setting up efficient processes, you can ensure a smoother, more enjoyable year-end, and you’ll be prepared to file any necessary filings with the IRS.  By working with me, you’ll change more than just your bookkeeping processes.  Like many of the clients I’ve worked with, you’ll go from not knowing how to get through all the stressful situations or being unprepared to being totally in control of exactly what you are choosing to get done at the time you want to have it accomplished by, all while knowing you are doing enough and you’re able to enjoy your business and your personal life.  I help clients just like you with strategy, mentorship, and coaching.  When you work with me, you’ll show up much more differently than you do today, and, after all, this is what you ultimately want in your life, right?  You can be stress-free in both your professional and personal life.  Come join me.  When I work with clients throughout the year, they are able to reduce their stress and overwhelm, understand how to master their small business finances, develop solutions to grow their bottom line, and create a work-life balance they truly enjoy.  I encourage you to take the next step by signing up for a free consultation where I’m going to teach you the first step in my process so that you can eliminate stress, overwhelm, or overworking in your professional or personal life while you continue to get done what matters so that you can live your life with joy, purpose and a more fulfilled life.  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have; I’d love to help you on this journey.  You can schedule your free consultation or sign up for a coaching session today at www.FinancialAdventure.com.  As a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Life Coach, I can help you set goals and develop a plan that will allow you to lead a happier and more sustainable life in your business, career, or your personal life.  I’m here to guide you through the financial aspects of your business as well as help you focus on the strategies you need to follow to reach the success you want to achieve in your professional or personal life and stay committed so that you can continue to keep pushing forward and relieve the stress, anxiety, or overwhelm you are currently feeling.  Having an accountant and certified life coach like me can provide you with valuable insights and ideas to help you simplify your life, which enables you to go back to enjoying your professional and personal life.  I work with business owners, accountants, and other financial professionals to create the actionable steps they need to take to ultimately achieve their goals while getting relief from the stress and overwhelm they feel from the pressure of owning a business, deadlines, and the workload they face every day.  If you are struggling with this as well and would like some help developing a solution, help strengthen and maintain your emotional health, increase your well-being, create a more positive, happy, and joyful life, set and achieve your goals, and manage your relationships, I’d love for you to join me in my Balance Life Coaching program so that you can live a more purposeful life.  Each week, we meet privately one-on-one, and you get to bring whatever is on your mind on any given week.  I also have a daily coaching program where you can talk to me whenever it works best for you, 24/7, any day of the week.  In either program, you get to work on your highest priority, whatever you want more of in your life, or if there is something that is weighing on you heavily that you need coaching on, and we’ll work through it together.  Having a certified life coach like me helping you through all of this allows you to feel so seen and cared for, and the results are amazing.  Everyone benefits when they work with a certified life coach.  After every session, you feel energized, and you know exactly what to do for the day or week to come, and relief knowing we will meet again to go over anything that comes up after your session.  You’ll gain self-awareness while you take each step toward your goals.  The investment in either of these programs is an easy yes for you.  I’ve set these programs up in the most supportive way.  If you are ready to join the Balance Life Coaching program, you can go to www.FinancialAdventure.com and click on the work with me button.  You’ll see the link to join as well as additional information about the programs.  Sign up now.  There are limited spots available for these programs due to the one-on-one aspect, and they do sell out.  If the payment link is gone, you can get on my waitlist to join the programs when additional spots are available.  I help people get results and live a more joyful life.  I coach everybody on everything.  I know there is something you want in your life, and I can help you get it.  I know this is something you’ve been waiting for.  I’ve been asked by many of my listeners to create these exact programs.  The faster you get access to the program, the quicker you’ll see the possibilities available to you.  I also have a risk-free guarantee.  I believe so strongly that everyone benefits from coaching that when you sign up for the Balance Life Coaching program today, if for any reason you are not satisfied with your first session, you can send us an email, and we’ll refund you immediately.  Are you ready to enjoy your life now?  Why would you want to wait?  Make this investment for yourself.  Take the journey with me…make it happen for yourself.  Ask yourself why you need this program in your life right now.  Are you ready to make bigger, bolder, stronger life goals?  I’m looking forward to meeting with you soon and digging deeper to see where you currently are in your business or career and start creating actionable steps so that you can reach your vision and goals for the future, not only in your business or career but also in your personal life.  I’m ready to work with you, see all of your successes, and watch you thrive in your business or career while creating your best work-life balance.  I’ll post links to this and other valuable resources for business owners and accountants where you are listening to this podcast.          


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