You may not be able to tell at first but once you get a hint that you are working with a Toxic Business Leader run, run like the wind. No matter how hard you try you cannot fix them. No matter how much they say they want to learn the reality is they are using the Toxic behaviors to try to manipulate you. Gather the courage to just quietly and with dignity walk away.
Recently, I had to do this. It is not the first time I have worked with a Toxic Business Leader. My past experiences helped me recognize the Toxic behaviors and take control of my situation. One saying I always refer to is “The divorce is always present on the first date.” Perhaps I knew on the first day that something was amiss when the password to the owners laptop was …
Success is hard work. It takes years, it takes time, and it takes money, blood, sweat and tears. It takes everything! It is lonely at the top but I think it is lonelier when you are in the middle trying to get to the top.
You need to be able to stand out as in stand above. Here’s how.
I made the same mistakes as many entrepreneurs when I started businesses in the past. Even though I was warned by mentors and I knew better, I still somehow let myself get too wrapped up in the details instead of growing my audience and client base. Today I work with entrepreneurs who have made it past the startup stage but somehow continue to fall into the some of these entrepreneurial traps that hold their business growth back.
Here are a few things to avoid whether you are just getting started or been in business for awhile now:
Business owners go out and work their butts off to find the absolute best people, but that’s only half the battle. The “staying out of the way” part is just as crucial, and really, that comes down to one thing: trust.
I work with so many business owners who instead of leading their employees spend a lot of time and energy standing over their employees. They not only assign tasks to do but proceed to tell them how to do the task.