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The Importance of Hard Work in Leadership


Good leadership plays a critical role in any business and greatly contributes to the overall wellness of a company. In business, leadership means the capacity of a company’s management to overcome challenges and work towards accomplishing its goals at the highest level that they can. Individuals that possess great leadership skills have the ability to rise to the top of the company, even managing to reach CEO (chief executive officer), COO (chief operating officer) or CFO (chief financial officer) etc

The role of a leader is striving to facilitate the growth of a business by cultivating strong relationships by making employees feel comfortable during interactions as well as raising morale and stimulate progress and optimal workflow to complete a company’s objectives. This can be done through good communication and interaction with employees so that they can have a fundamental understanding of the company’s goal and making sure that their voice and contribution to the company matters. Acknowledging the individual skills of the employees and focusing on the human component is something that a leader must be able to acknowledge so that matters that relate to organizing and distributing talents where they are necessary can be done so.

Leadership Legends

In a time where technological shifts happen regularly, the discipline of managing a business continues to evolve and become more complex. Good business management involves innovation, experience, flexibility and trying to make the best out of any situation. Listening to customers and employees plays a major role in making the necessary and optimal changes so that choosing the steps in the right direction is much simpler and clearer. A leader’s enthusiasm is one of the major driving forces of business. Even in the casino business environment, great efforts are being made to ensure a good and positive experience for employees and players alike. Now with the many online casino platforms that are available online, land-based casinos need alternate ways to provide the best experience for players than just the games. For example, in a casino resort, managers look to offer players the best services and activities for guests from shopping, dining at the restaurant, hotel accomodations and such, making the experience more interesting.

Being a leader, one must focus on the key responsibilities of business while entrusting other tasks to employees. A lack of trust between leader and employee is when the employee is being micromanaged by the leader leading him to not be able to manage more important tasks. It is important to provide the necessary training and resources for employees to complete their tasks. Many people wonder how Mr Musk can manage such large companies such as Tesla and SpaceX. Former employees of Musk have mentioned he’s enthusiasm when it comes to space travel and exploration is what inspired his employees to do a better job in trying to overcome obstacles and engineering challenges. Other notable leaders include Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Warren Buffet. With Elon Musk, the leadership philosophy is constant learning, a philosophy shared by most business leaders. He is known for tackling obstacles head on, knowing that it may fail. It is important not to be discouraged by failure and treating it as a learning lesson and approach and obstacle from different angles until it is overcomed.

For Steve Jobs, respect played a major role in leadership. The passion and enthusiasm that had for his ideas managed to convince others to go along with them. He was very direct and honest with people. When he returned to Apple in 1997 he quickly managed to reinvigorate the company that was suffering at the time due to the production of too many products with little direction. Quantity does not always equal quality. Elon Musk and Steve Jobs had a similar work ethic, working tirelessly from morning until late in the evening and both managed to inspire their employees in doing amazing things. After he returned, he managed to reduce the number of products being made by 70% and focus on 4 main products: a desktop computer and a portable device, both of them. The version of the products will be aimed at the mainstream while the other two will be more advanced versions aimed at professionals.

Lessons to be Learned

A great lesson to be learned from Steve Jobs when going for an objective is to start knowing what the end goal is and breaking it down into smaller tasks that need to be done to reach that goal. The thing that made Steve Jobs’s products beloved and adopted by many is their simplicity. Jobs managed to reduce the clutter and focus on the essential bringing forward an elegant solution and design. This philosophy can be seen in a quote from da Vinci that came with early Mac manuals: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

Another lesson is to learn from mistakes and turn disappointment into possibilities. With creative leaders such as Elon Musk, failure is an opportunity to explore a new patch to reach good outcomes. Experimentation and creativity are invaluable leadership tools to have when leading a business and great leaders like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Steve jobs have proven this.

Sean Jacobson

I'm Sean, a former HR and business consultant providing you insights into the business world for Leader to Leader.

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