Which came firstLeadership or Entrepreneurship?
Write-up by Ken Kaufman
I participated in a leadership course for youth this last weekend and walked away thinking about how each and every entrepreneur I know is a leader, and I usually locate a correlation in between each and every entrepreneurs leadership abilities and their relative good results. So, which comes first? Do you have to be a leader before you can be an entrepreneur? Or can you grow to be an entrepreneur and learn the leadership skills you want to succeed?
Im definitely not the authority on either subject, but I have consumed a lot and even designed a small content on both. I can not recall any author or speaker ever taking them on in this context. So Im just going to jump proper in with my thoughts, and I would welcome other people to do the exact same.
I believe some have a more natural tendency toward being leaders and entrepreneurs. But these very same folks often rely on their natural abilities and neglect developing some of the core skills and attributes to augment their effectiveness. Its like a high school running back who uses his god-given speed and reflexes to thrive, only to comprehend the guys hes competing with for a beginning spot in college all have as a lot or much more natural capacity than he has.
Which leads to the next pointbesides innate leadership and entrepreneurship tendencies, several of the abilities that make profitable leaders and entrepreneurs can be learned, developed, practiced, and honed. The leadership course in which I participated focused on 4 such abilities: vision, communication, organization, and synergism.
A couple of years ago I worked with a man who was thrust into a leadership position. He had lived a life behind the scenes, and thats exactly where he preferred to be. And, as far as textbook definitions go, he was not considerably of a leader. He struggled mightily with public speaking, lacked natural charisma, and shied away from attempting to assert his thoughts on others. By every assessment tool he should have failed in his leadership role. But he thrived. Why? Simply because he worked hard to understand and develop that which he could. And those he lead could see his efforts and had been pleased to tolerate any deficiencies or flaws. In reality, his weaknesses became endearing to those he lead. I bet you wont discover that in a textbook anywhere!
I heard Dan Sullivan speak lately, and he said something that I will never ever forgetleadership can't be commoditized. I believe the same for entrepreneurship. You just cant bottle it up and sell it off the shelf? Why? Simply because each leader and entrepreneur is exclusive, and their exclusive skills, attributes, and approaches to the job-at-hand result in varying approaches to get the job carried out. And a large component of that is since it has to come from the heart, meaning there are as a lot of distinct styles of leadership and entrepreneurship as their are leaders and entrepreneurs.
This is just a begin to my thoughts on this subject. In the same manner that we have no conclusive answer to the the question Which came firstthe chicken or the egg?, entrepreneurship and leadership are so connected and intertwined I dont think we can ever really know which came 1st. Are there any entrepreneurs out there that think they were 1 or the other very first? I bet the answer is distinctive to each one of us, further validating the point that these disciplines come from the heart and the special spirit of every of us.