How to be an Inspiring Leader for Your Startup!

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How to be an Inspiring Leader for Your Startup!

Every company does need a leader, even if it’s a young startup launched by a few people. Of course, the startup culture is usually much more flexible in terms of corporate hierarchy, but as your company is growing, it is necessary to establish such a leadership model which will inspire people to further actions which will bring your startup to more achievements and greater success.

You as a founder is highly responsible for the overall environment inside your startup, so being a leader is not necessarily about making the final decision, but creating the certain spirit, motivate, inspire. Live your business.

So how to be an inspiring leader?

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Be honest and realistic
It is never easy and comfortable, to tell the truth, especially if it’s a painful truth, which is why many leaders are trying either to conceal the real picture or to embellish it. Such a behaviour often leads to the inability to rationally and impartially evaluate your business activities. Don’t lie to yourself and to your team, but rather be fair and admit that you don’t have a certain solution at the moment or that something went wrong and the outcome is unexpected.

Try to look at the failures from the different perspective - as an opportunity to learn and to look around at the competitors and measure your progress. What are you doing better and what you can learn from them? Why did they achieve better results? How can I improve my result?

If you are able to admire the failure in front of your team, that means a lot. Especially for your team and, thus, for the overall culture of trust.

Be clear and prioritise goals
Successful leaders keep company goals simple, transparent and understandable for the team. To make it happen, you have to start from yourself and decide about certain priorities which you’ll then communicate to your team. If you are lost in your company’s goals or chose too many priorities to concentrate on, people will get confused and distracted. Especially in modern organizations when the tasks are no more certain and precise, but rather highly fragmented, it is important that your team knows what the company exactly strives for. Pick up the 3-4 priorities which will make your startup performance better and will become the fundamental postulates in the minds of your colleges.

Be a strong leader
Ok, that sounds obvious and basic, you probably heard that one hundred times before. But what exactly does it mean? First of all, you should know yourself and your personality really well. This knowledge will enable you to identify your emotional fortitude and improve yourself. A great emotional challenge for the leaders is to tolerate internal conflicts, deal with decisions which contradict their own, honestly deal with business and unbiasedly perceive and treat people. Again, this can be not that challenging when your team consists of only a few people, especially if you know them well, but later on, this will be of a really high importance. Discover yourself and develop your character to be emotionally stronger.

Remember that at the beginning we mentioned that you should live your business? If you do so, people will believe you, they will share the same values as you do, not depending on the size of your company. Eventually, if people share the same beliefs with you, it leads to a great trust and to stronger organizational culture. You know, you don’t always have to do things right so that your team trusts you. And you cannot persuade people to trust you, but you can show them that you share the same values and beliefs by explaining why and by making actions showing how you realise certain beliefs for the wellbeing of your company.


It all starts with the organizational culture which you as a leader should create. Great ideas don't necessarily come from the leader. Steve Jobs, for example, didn’t personally come up with an iPhone. “The role of a leader is to create an environment in which great ideas can happen.” - don’t be a leader just by title, but be the one who people want to be leaded by.

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