QBScott Indianapolis, INSource: Forbes | Repost QBScott 10/6/2021 –

Pop quiz: are you more of a leader or a manager in your business?

When you’re a solopreneur, you’re the CEO, the janitor, and everyone in between. It’s hard to think of yourself as being a leader because the only person you’re leading is yourself. Yet simply managing the day-to-day of your business isn’t going to set you up for growth and success. You need to look at your business through a different lens if you want to achieve the vision that made you go into business in the first place.

How should you juggle all these hats?

I was recently rereading one of my favorite books, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and came to the part where Covey talks about the difference between leadership and management. He says:

“Management is bottom-line focused: how can I accomplish certain things? Leadership deals with the top line: what are the things I want to accomplish?”

Usually, when we think of managers and leaders, we think of large companies, but as I read this for the umpteenth time, it finally dawned on me that the exact same thing is happening inside of my business where I need to be both the manager AND the leader. And actually, some of my biggest struggles in business have been a result of not realizing the difference nor giving myself the tools to take on each role at the appropriate time.

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Author: Scott Meister, CPA

I help small businesses, accountants, bookkeepers, office managers, and business owners with their accounting needs. I’ve used QuickBooks since 2002 and train folks on how to use it efficiently. I create high-quality video training tutorials for QuickBooks and post them on QBScott.com.

Certifications include: Certified Public Accountant (CPA) | Certified Bookkeeper (CB) | Advanced Certified ProAdvisor for QuickBooks Desktop | Advanced Certified ProAdvisor for QuickBooks Online | Certified ProAdvisor for QuickBooks Enterprise | Certified ProAdvisor for QuickBooks Point Of Sale