Accelerator: Take Charge - 20 Leadership Tips

When you're busy at the helm of a small business, it's easy to forget that as well as just running it, you need to lead it too. Not only will a good leader inspire and motivate employees to give of their best, he or she will keep a firm hand on the future direction of the business. Becoming an effective leader depends a lot on finding your own individual style, having a vision and giving your team the sense of purpose it needs. Corporates spend millions of pounds every year on consultancy fees and leadership development courses to ensure that their bosses are at the top of their game. It's unlikely that you've got this kind of budget to spend, so EMMA DE VITA offers 20 essential tips from the top to help you release your inner leader...

1. WHAT'S YOUR STYLE?

Fluffy though it may sound, it's worth taking time out to think about what kind of leader you are - or would like to be. The latest management thinking holds that the best leaders are those who, from a state of self-awareness, play to their strengths and try to improve their weaker points. Don't try to be something you're not. The days of wanting to be the next Jack Welch or Richard Branson are well and truly over - leaders who are true to themselves are respected by their team and find their job much easier. Remember that fakes are always found out. So spend time reflecting on your successes, but also on your failures. Work out what your personal principles and values are, and how they might be used to best effect in your business. It's important to be yourself.

2. BE DECISIVE

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