Leadership has been described as, “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”. The most important part of this definition is what it doesn’t say. A leader does not have to be someone in the position of power. A leader is the person who steps up to the plate when the job needs to get done.
What is a wolf without an alpha? What is a country without a president? Simply a big group moving aimlessly. A leader is not only the glue, but also the driving force behind success. A leader is someone who inspires, motivates, and keeps the team moving towards the goal.
One type of leader that always stands out is an entrepreneurial leader. While traditional leaders sit back and assess the situation, entrepreneurial leaders dive in head first and get the job done.
According to Babson College’s President, “Entrepreneurial leadership is a mindset that focuses organizations on turning problems into opportunities that create economic and social value,” Entrepreneurial leaders use their headstrong opportunity making attitude to create positive growth where there was stagnation. They are constantly building and creating. They are relentless optimists who are always looking to improve the world around them and get the job done in a better and more effective way.
The key to Entrepreneurial leadership is to always be learning. The best leaders are those who are constantly absorbing new information, then are ready to share it with their team. If you’re constantly learning then you are hearing new ideas, concepts, and approaches to different situations which leads to better decision making and more effective strategizing. Then they are able to share these ideas with their team to create a stronger workforce that is ready to take on any task.
Like any leader, Entrepreneurial leaders are made, it’s not a skill you’re born with. It’s something you develop over years of constantly learning and a headstrong attitude. Entrepreneurial leaders work together with their team and peers to solve problems. They are action based and focus only at completing the task at hand. They have faith that they can improve the world around them and positively impact it.
Now more than ever these leaders are needed to find solutions in this ever changing and ever growing workforce and business industry.
Babson professor Benjamin Davis describes the need for entrepreneurial leaders best, “At this specific moment, with COVID stressing the business world, many small businesses will not be able to survive. However, it’s those small businesses that have the freedom and innocence to innovate and change the world. Entrepreneurial leaders are the catalyst for the next wave of game changing ideas.”
The best way to find a leader is to create one. You can harness your energy to constantly learn and adapt to create positive growth in your mind and become the leader your team needs. All you need to do is step up to the plate.