As a CEO, president or business owner, you may not give this much thought prior to reading this but as a business leader, you are always under the microscope. Someone is always watching you. Not in a negative way but in a positive way. It could be one of your employees, a customer or perhaps even, your competition. Observing, for example, your management style, how you treat other customers and/or employees, how you dress, how long you stay at the office each day, how you conduct business meetings and much more.
As a successful business person you need to always project the image of a strong leader regardless of what may be happening in your day or some news you just received. Every action you take is being analyzed, even criticized, by someone. With the advent and popularity of social media on the internet there are more avenues today, than ever before, for people to make public comments about you or your company. That’s just another reason why you are always under the microscope.
For example, if during an overall economic downturn or the company is going through a phase of challenges which impact sales and profit, and you are telling your employees they need to work harder or raises are out of the question because the money isn’t there; then you go out and buy yourself a new expensive luxury company car, you’ve just lost all your credibility with your employees. You can’t ask your vendors or suppliers for extended payment terms or reduction in costs and then take an extended vacation to the Bahamas. You can’t lose your temper in front of your employees. You can’t enter your place of business without being dressed properly, appearing rested and most importantly, setting a positive tone about the company’s future.
As a CEO, president or business owner, you need to realize that every action you take is being watched by someone. Leadership is a heavy responsibility. It doesn’t start by telling people what to do but by showing them how to do it and setting an example of a leader they can respect, look up to and stand behind regardless of what the company or the economy may face. You are a team working together to pull through the tough times as well as the good times, make the company better and to celebrate every success with anticipation for future business results.
As a CEO, president or business owner, you are always under the microscope.
Leaders lead. No excuses!
Be the leader, the innovator. Set the example for everyone around you.
To your success!
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Note: This blog post was edited and updated (08/04/2018) since it’s original publication.
The original version of this blog post is referenced in the book: Connecting the Dots by Dr. Reginald Wilkinson in Chapter 9 entitled: Under The Microscope.