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Don’t try to do everything … know your strengths and get help to do everything else

It’s a myth to believe legendary business people achieve success on their own. The truth is celebrated leaders like Steve Jobs, Walt Disney and Coco Chanel didn’t have all the answers. Instead they understood their limitations and surrounded themselves with experts who could help them achieve their vision.

And that’s the secret to great leadership.

Being a successful manager or leader means you have the insight to identify what you do well and what you find difficult or unpleasant. When you first start out in business, you might need to do most tasks yourself. But as your business grows, it’s important to identify where you need help and what you can delegate.

Start by asking yourself 7 simple questions

Question 1 – What are the biggest problems in my business that need to be solved?

Question 2 – When it comes to my business, what tasks do I struggle with?

Question 3 – What are my strengths? Am I focused on using them to capacity?

Question 4 – Am I delegating the right things so I am free to concentrate on my strengths?

Question 5 – What type of leader am I?

Question 6 – Have I set the right expectations, boundaries and goals for myself and others?

Question 7 – What culture do I want to cultivate in my business?

When you know the answer to these questions, you can begin to build a team that will enhance your skill set and take your business to the next level. 

No-one is good at everything and there are some things that will always be difficult for you to do. So focus on your strengths and delegate the rest. Many business owners find delegating their bookkeeping and/or payroll can make a huge difference to the productivity of their day and increase their relaxation time.

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The information contained in this post comes from Trudi Yip’s bestselling business book, Counting Potatoes – Transform your creative passion into business success. To view excerpts or to purchase a copy of the book click here.

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