When the word “entrepreneur” is uttered a certain mental image springs to mind. We imagine someone in an expensive suit so sharp that it can split atoms. We imagine them striding down a corridor flanked by people waving pieces of paper at them and a loyal secretary half a step behind them taking notes. We picture them walking into the boardroom and commanding the presence of everyone present with each word and gesture. We imagine these people to be infinitely gregarious, able to read any room and make themselves a part of any crowd. But this is not necessarily the case. Introverts, as we’ve already established have the skills and disposition that can make them great leaders and successful entrepreneurs. But in order to attain the levels of success they deserve they must also recognize their own shortcomings.
The habits of entrepreneurs can lead them towards certain pitfalls that must be avoided if they are to achieve meaningful and ongoing success…
Failing to reach out for the help you need
Many introverts, especially successful ones, are a lot like swans. They may seem a very model of stillness and serenity but beneath the surface there’s a maelstrom of frenzied activity. The trouble is that even when they’re at their most desperate, introverted entrepreneurs will think twice about dropping the facade and reaching out for the help that they and their businesses so desperately need.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t be afraid to outsource your IT Support to a company that can set up money saving VoIP Solutions or a digital marketing firm that can grow your brand. Don’t be afraid to tell your employees that you need their help and certainly don’t be afraid to delegate. You are formidable, but you’re only human.
Neglecting your relationships with your employees
Most introverts have a trusted circle of friends but find it tricky to manage any more than that. But neglecting your relationship with your employees can not only undermine their trust and respect in your authority, it can also make the working day a whole lot less enjoyable. Let’s be honest, running your own business is a whole lot of hard work and it behoves us to find ways to make life easier for ourselves. Taking the time to strengthen your relationship with your employees through team building days, out of work events and trips or simple work socials may put you outside of your comfort zone but comes with a whole host of benefits. You’ll strengthen your reciprocal trust and find delegating to them much easier making your days easier and more enjoyable.
Trying to be someone you’re not
As important as it is to work on yourself as much as you work on your business, don’t become tempted to try and make yourself into someone you’re not. You don’t need to the a brash entrepreneur like Sir Alan Sugar or *ahem* Donald Trump to get things done.
Be yourself, but be the best possible version of yourself, reach out for help when you need it and make time to build harmonious working relationships and your business will stay on the right track.