April 20


Leadership Style of Small Business Owners

Small Business Coaching by Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc. Leadership Style illustrated by the dressy dancing shoes of professional dancers.
YOUR Leadership Style is important. Have you developed yours well?

The Leadership Style of
Small Business Owners

Leadership Style options are varied. Do you know yours?
Are you aware of the different styles of leaders?
Do you know your default style of leadership?

Your Leadership Style is unique. More often than not, a style is a natural default and not consciously created.

Something magical happens when a Small Business Owner (SBO) conscientiously creates their leadership style to fit their Marketplace needs. They become known as a strong leader and Influencer.

In turn, their Business’s Performance improves.

Do you have a solid leadership style that catapults you and YOUR Business’s Success?

NOTE: This is such an important topic for SBOs that I decided to revise this post which was originally published on April 21, 2014. Wow – almost 3 years to the date!

Options to create the appropriate Leadership Style

There are a variety of aspects which meld into what we call a leadership style or approach.

For instance, a leader often educates. Does the leader educate using highly sophisticated and complex topics or do they teach with simplicity?

Does the same leader teach in a format of lecture, interaction, or by example?

Also, does the leader teach from a stance of scholar or practicality, even with a serious tone or light-hearted? We could go on, but I’m sure you understand… variety.

Six examples of varied leaders and their styles:

  • Martha Stewart: led through her passion of her craft/expertise.
  • Jesus Christ: not a leader of the church as an organization, but a leader who taught by example and parables.
  • Vince Lombardi (former Green Bay Packer Coach): led his players to win Super Bowls as he taught about the excellence of self performance as a contribution to a team success.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King: led through sharings of inspirations and dreams.
  • Napoleon: led through an insatiable appetite of overcoming obstacles to conquer.
  • Gandhi: led a country to unify differences via peaceful civic reformation.

What’s YOUR Leadership Style?

Are you a leader who leads from the front or the rear? (Click here to learn more about leader-ship capabilities and if you have the right stuff to be a conscientious leader.)

Meg Whitman shares, “Don’t be a credit hog.” This reflects our other posts which focus on helping other leaders blossom while standing in the background and first giving credit to others.

Conversely, you may be like General Colin Powell who states, “Always be the leader”. This is very appropriate for the type of leaders he was mentoring.

Is your style similar to Jesus Christs’? Do you lead through parables/stories and examples? Many leaders do this because being relevant is powerful!

Are you a planner like Tyra Banks (model and CEO), who is always focused on what comes next?

Perhaps you are like Jane Goodall, who is known for her research while living with primates in the African jungle. Goodall believed immersion is the best way to learn, lead, and teach.

Another leader to consider is Dr. Phil (McGraw), who states, “Be who you are”. Sounds like leading from integrity and authenticity to me.

Are there benefits to having multiple leadership styles?

YES, there most definitely is! The benefit is understanding who you are speaking, leading, mentoring or coaching.

Once you understand their concerns and needs, you’re more capable of selecting which approach is best for them to understand your message and guidance. (Wow, I just introduced a very soft definition of Social Intelligence just now. If you want to know more about social intelligence click here: Wright Living – they are awesome at personal transformation.)

I invite you to consider different styles of leadership you prefer and begin to adopt them into your treasure chest of approaches. If you do, you’ll notice improvement in YOUR Impact!

Graceful learning occurs when leaders are willing to follow.  I assure you there is nothing but gain when a leader becomes a follower! (Click on this sentence to read more about Lessons Learned from Following.)

Please feel free to share which other styles or approaches you could adapt to have even more impact? Please share in the comment sections so we can learn from each others 🙂


Brilliant Breakthrough, Inc. provides Small Business Coaching & Consulting
to Simplify Strategies & Align Actions
to Further YOUR Profitability, Peace, & Potential
Call Maggie (262) 716.7750 for YOUR No-cost Consultation

Blessings of Success to YOU ~
Maggie Mongan, Brilliant CEO & Strategist
Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc.

Direct Dial: 262-716-7750

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