Let’s face it, most leaders did not train to become leaders. They’ve just been pushed into that position.

Many years ago I started out as a normal sales guy for a car company. My job was to sell cars.
I did enjoy selling and I got better and better at it. After a year or so I was approached by the director of the car company offering me the position as sales team leader. It came with a nice pay-rise and a share of everything my team was selling. You can imagine, it didn’t take me long to make my mind up and to accept the offer.

1 year later they fired me!

I just didn’t get the team-stuff together. I was a good sales man, but I had no idea how to motivate and lead a team.

I know, this is a very common process in most companies. To move up the ladder you need to become a team leader. What most people don’t get is that team leading is an art you need to learn and practice to become good at it. But very often we never have a chance to do so. The opposite, my job as a team leader had nothing to do with selling cars anymore. The one thing I was good at.

As entrepreneur you will face the same challenges. In order to scale and grow your business you will need to create a team that helps you to take the next steps. But lets be honest, how much time have you spent training and learning to become a team leader? Most never think about it!

Specially when running your own business this can be fatal. You will spend most of your time learning the new skills and getting to grips with motivation and organising your team. This will take away important time you’ll need to keep your business running. Also a team costs money, which makes it even more important that you get them earning their wages as quick as possible.

That lack of training and preparation is the main reason leaders fail!

What can you do to avoid this trap?

The best is to have a plan and good idea where you are going with your career or business. As clearer you are as clearer it is what skills you need at what stage. This allows you to prepare everything you need at the right time and be ready for the new challenges you’ll face.
I know, sometimes things don’t go as planned and you might need to adjust. But you still know what you need as you keep planning the changes as they come along.
The important part is to know what is required from you and what you need to learn and practice to succeed.

Being a good leader is not about manipulation
It is about people. It is about a common cause and a clearly defined goal every team member can be part of.
It is about committing to making it together and wining as a team.
It is about understanding the role you play and knowing when your team wins, you’ve won!

Over the years I had many possibilities to work in teams in different positions and roles and I learned the value and power of a good team.

If you know that your next career step will be a leader position, get ready now so your future team is a winning team.

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