Leadership is a team sport. It’s a lot more about “we” than “me.”
(Stick with me, solopreneurs and extra hard working nonprofit friends! I wrote this post with you in mind.)
When building a business -- and doing it all alone -- the whole thing can feel overwhelming. Solopreneurs fight with Quickbooks, build websites on the fly, and go to extreme lengths to save a dollar. Nonprofit professionals work as the Executive Director/Development Director/Finance Director/HR Department all in the course of an afternoon. The more tasks we take on personally the more we feel like we’re succeeding. But at what cost?
As the owner or founder, our “job description” is to have the vision to grow our company. It’s not to take out the garbage or do every single delivery. When we compound the fact that many solopreneurs don’t pay themselves on a regular basis, we further ingrain the idea that our work is free. It’s on us to take care of every task.
When we allow ourselves to believe in the illusion that our labor is free (that we’re the only one who can “do it right”) we severely limit ourselves. Not to mention, we underestimate both our time and value as business owners.
Building a team we trust, and delegating tasks to that team, helps us to maintain a healthy and sustainable mindset. I’m not saying that it’s easy or that challenges won’t arise. Delegation is part of the resiliency skill set that we all need to practice, and you can only get better at it by doing it.
Assembling a team gives us the capacity, options, and time we need to grow and succeed. Our team members have skills and experience that we don’t have ourselves. Celebrate that!
This isn’t just a theory I’m writing about today. The success of B.O.S.S. Consulting is because of our team. They impress me every time I interact with them. Our team includes a marketing pro, a social media maven, and an SEO master -- and that’s just our immediate consultants. B.O.S.S. also has a team of experts that engage with our clients and who I learn from every day. You can find out more about them on our B.O.S.S. Team page!
Who is helping you grow your business? Who is helping you work through the difficult challenges of being a business owner? You don’t have to do it alone!
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Terry Doloughty is the Founder of B.O.S.S. Consulting with thirty years of experience in both the for profit and nonprofit sectors. Terry believes that leadership is the most valuable renewable resource. He’s passionate about sharing his skills and life experiences with the next generation of leaders so they can grow their organizations and support their communities.
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