When A Business Person Is Not A Leader
You’ve heard the phrases many times:
“It’s the best decision for the company.”
“Well, it’s business.”
“That’s the way the industry goes.”
These phrases – usually uttered from senior and executive leadership – reveal the inner drive that these folks have.
At the core they show that they are business people, and not necessarily leaders.
Here’s the difference:
A business person’s main goal is the profit, the stock price, or the merger.
A leader’s main goal is the vision and the core values that support the vision.
A business person is considered successful if their shareholders are happy, and the acquisition goes through.
A leader is considered successful if they can develop leaders in their sphere of influence.
A business person keeps their eye on the bottom line.
A leader keeps their eye on the mission and how it benefits others.
A business person will go to great lengths to make the “tough calls” for profitability.
A leaders will sacrifice much to make the tough decisions that stay aligned with the core values.
A business person will most likely sell out.
A leader will be sold out on the vision, values, and voice of their organization.
A business person sees either people OR profits, and chooses for the business.
A leader sees people AND profits, and chooses for sustainability and growth of both.
A business person’s legacy is known by their track record of turnarounds, business partnerships, and cashflow.
A leader’s most important legacy is the leaders he or she develops.
Business people make short term gains that are gone the next quarter or fiscal year, while leaders make long-term impact that touch generations of people, customers, and industries that follow.
Determine to be a leader, not just a business person.