Source: Forbes | Repost QBScott 1/4/2023 – 

Everyone has the capacity to start their own business, whether you’re selling handmade jewelry out of your home or starting up a multimillion-dollar company. However, even if you have a lifetime of experience being a business owner, it doesn’t necessarily equate to being a true leader. There is a huge difference between being a CEO and being a leader.

Becoming an effective leader takes much more than running a company and setting the strategy. Whereas some people might have the innate poise, confidence and vision to become natural-born leaders, most inspiring leaders have achieved excellent leadership skills over time by implementing the right practices and habits and honing in on a specific set of skills.

If you’re looking to strengthen your own leadership skills, here are a few key considerations to keep in mind as you move along your journey.

Have a look in the mirror.

Before you can even begin to work toward becoming a strong leader, you need to ask yourself, “What type of leader do I want to be?” There is no right answer to this question. Leadership styles come in all different forms, from the bold and transformative to the thoughtful and calm.

Having a clear and concise idea of what type of leader you want to be will set the tone for how you do a number of things as a leader, whether it has to do with employee engagement, product innovation, investments or something else. It also helps you set goals toward how to build your individual skillset.

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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

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