Top 3 traits of successful leaders, Pt. 2

By Anne Bachrach

A.M. Enterprises (The Accountability Coach)

In part one, I detailed the importance of valuing your team. Here is part two of the top traits of successful leaders.

2. Go against the herd.

Becoming a successful leader is not about blending in — it’s about remaining true to your vision and going against the herd if that’s what's required. If you have a gut feeling about your business, then the best thing you can do is to act on it. The more you can create a unique niche in your market, the more leverage you have against similar competition.

When Sam Walton opened up a small convenience shop in a town with a population of less than 50,000, other business leaders were convinced he was headed for failure. They had no idea that Walmart would go on to be the largest retail chain in history. What’s the moral of the story? Going against the herd just may be your ticket to success. Sam Walton had an idea, a passion, and he carved out a unique niche in the market. He remained true to his vision and went on to prove his vision could become a reality. Shouldn’t you follow suit?

Action step:

Are you playing it too safe with your business? Have you had an idea about how to do things differently, but were too afraid to take action? Do one thing differently with your business this week — or each week of the year — and see if you get improved results.