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Top 5 Leadership Myths For Entrepreneurs

As a Leadership keynote speaker, often encounter different businesses of all sizes and types and entrepreneurs with all sorts of questions. Many of these questions, as you’d expect, pertain to leading a business towards success, which is great. It’s inspiring to see so many individuals with high level of ambition in today’s business world. But a big problem with a lot of entrepreneurial leadership questions I get, particularly when I speak about leadership as business keynote speaker, is that they seem to be rooted in the traditional, often misleading, idea of what an entrepreneur actually is. Which is why I’m taking the opportunity in this blog post to dispel a few myths that I feel surround the entrepreneur’s role as a leader. Here are the top 5 Leadership Myths for Entrepreneurs.

1-Quitting

A common myth upheld by many entrepreneurs is the importance of never quitting. Some savvier entrepreneurs understand the importance of quitting (which we’ll touch on later), but many are of the ‘never give up, never surrender ilk’. While that logic may holdup on the football field, in the reality of today’s business world, success is not as black and white as winning and losing, as persevering and quitting.

The truth is, as an entrepreneur in a leadership position, you have to know when to cut your losses and when to make hard choices for the better of your employees and organization. Remember: knowing when to quit is much more important than never giving yourself the option to quit. And don’t forget, to be a successful entrepreneur, you may have to quit your day job at some point!

2- Being An Entrepreneur Means Being Your Own Boss

This is a myth that I address in my change leadership keynote talks, as it is a common problem experienced by leaders and entrepreneurs. Many seem to think that true leadership is achieved when one doesn’t have to answer to another. The same is true for entrepreneurs. In fact, many new entrepreneurs often cite this as a specific reason for starting their own business.

So what does it really mean to be one’s own boss? You don’t have to answer to anyone else? You make every decision on your own? As most seasoned business owners will tell you: no one is their own boss. Everyone has to answer to someone, whether it’s a manager, a CEO, shareholders, customers, or the business market in general. As leaders, we are all accountable, but it’s this accountability that separates effective leaders from those that just want to be their own boss.

3- Being a successful Entrepreneur is about novelty

Just like our previous two, this myth is one that has entranced entrepreneurs far and wide. There is a common attitude among leaders, but entrepreneurs especially, that you need to either completely reinvent the wheel, or provide a service or product that’s never been seen before. In the business sense, this is referred to as disruptive. This is the big dream for every entrepreneur; to invent a product that completely disrupts the market. Not only is this impossible for every entrepreneur to achieve, it’s by no means a clear indicator of a business owner’s success.

Many Entrepreneurs and leaders seem to think that they need to really change the game up, to do something drastically different, in order to have a real effect, but that’s just not true. Ultimately, success in with entrepreneurial leadership has everything to do with knowing what to do when, rather than just doing something different now. Sometimes, a novel approach is required. Other times, it’s necessary to just stay the course and stick to the tried and true method.

4- Entrepreneurs get to do more of what they love

This is another myth that’s often cited as the main reason for an entrepreneur to go into business for himself or herself. This follows from the adage, “If you do what you love, you never work a day in your life.” Both, i’m sorry to say, are simply untrue.

In an entrepreneurial leadership position, you are actually playing a few different roles. Depending on the size of the organization you’re leading, you may be involved in every aspect of your business, which means marketing, accounting, sales, production, etc. Simply put, to be a successful leader and entrepreneur, you’re going to have to do a lot of things that are tedious and involved. Of course, being a leader often involves a lot of responsibility and less freedom, which brings us to our last myth!

5- Entrepreneurs have more freedom

The only way this myth could be close to true is to change it to read “Successful entrepreneurs have more freedom,” and even then it’s a stretch. To think that going into business for oneself automatically equates to more personal freedom is to severely underestimate the role of entrepreneurs and leaders in general.

The truth is that when you’re leading an organization, large or small, for profit or otherwise, much of the responsibility falls to you. In this regard, the question of personal freedom shouldn’t even really be on the table. Successful leaders and business-people are that way because of hard work and dedication, not the desire to be able to relax. Really, this myth is rooted in the traditional idea of the entrepreneur, one that just isn’t true. If you see an entrepreneur with lots of success and little personal responsibilities, just remember that they are the exception to the rule, and the privilege of relaxation was most likely well-earned.

As you can see, many of the myths surrounding entrepreneurial leadership have to do with this idea of the entrepreneur as an individual who, through craftiness and cunning, can basically do whatever he or she wants because they have a ton of money and no one to answer to. But the truth is, success in leadership has little to do with end rewards for the leader. Many seem to think that the typical entrepreneur is one who gets to relax, make a few phone calls, and watch the money role in. This is the problem I face when posed with specific questions as a leadership keynote speaker. It seems that many have questions like, “What are leadership strategies I can implement in order to defer responsibility from myself to my employees to give myself more freedom,” or some similar derivative. As a business keynote speaker, it’s my premier goal to change leadership and change management attitudes for greater success. As you can see, many entrepreneurs could use with a similar attitude adjustment. If you’re interested in any of the services Tom Flick communications has to offer, please visit our Tom Flick Website to find out more.

As a Leadership keynote speaker, I often encounter different businesses of all sizes and types and entrepreneurs with all sorts of questions. Many of these questions, as you’d expect, pertain to leading a business towards success, which is great. It’s inspiring to see so many individuals with high level of ambition in today’s business world. But a big problem with a lot of entrepreneurial leadership questions I get, particularly when i speak about leadership as business keynote speaker, is that they seem to be rooted in the traditional, often misleading, idea of what an entrepreneur actually is. Which is why I’m taking the opportunity in this blog post to dispel a few myths that I feel surround the entrepreneur’s role as a leader. Here are the top 5 Leadership Myths for Entrepreneurs.