Aspire Magazine: Inspiration for a Woman's Soul.(TM) Dec/Jan 2019 Aspire Magazine Final - Page 75

1. Be generous. If you are a new business owner just starting out, be generous with your time. Meet with people, go to networking events, volunteer, join your local Chamber of Commerce or the local PTA if you have children. Generosity and involvement can quickly build your reputation and increase your credibility as a local business owner and community leader. Generously share your information and ideas with others, information is powerful and can help others grow. Always lead with service and give your best stuff away for free. If you can afford it, be generous with your money. This could take the form of charitable donations to your favorite non-profit or small gifts to clients and employees. Hand-written notes, shared articles or homemade cookies are all ways to be generous. As a leader, there are additional ways of expressing generosity besides time and money. Say thank you often to clients, family members, friends and others who support or help you in your business. Be generous with praise. Take someone out to lunch, just because you like them and not because you want something from them. Make an effort each week to practice being generous! Something as simple as a fifteen-minute conversation with your spouse, child, or business partner can make them feel special. PRACTICAL ACTION STEP: Give someone in your circle of friends, family or colleagues a gift this week just because you can. Find a small token of appreciation and point out to someone what a difference they have made in your life. Below you will find what I believe to be the quintessential qualities of successful women leaders along with practical action steps you can take today to step into being a leader. 2. Be visionary. Want a definition of a visionary? Research Richard Branson, head of the Virgin Group with over 400 companies! His estimated net worth is over $4 billion dollars. He accomplished this by being visionary, by seeing possibility everywhere and by having a knack for connecting with people. He is dyslexic and was not a great student but he did not let that stop him. He also has a knack for seeing where there is a need and how he can fill that need. This is one of the biggest se¬crets to success: are you creating something that people want? Whether you are a business coach, doctor, artist, writer or builder of widgets and gadgets, are you filling a need? If you are building a brick and mortar storefront to sell products, have you done your research, is there a need for what you have to sell? So many of us are passionate and enthusiastic. We have powerful gifts and big dreams, we have great ideas we want to share with the world. It takes all of these elements to get us off of the ground but we will fail miserably if we are not meeting a need for a specific group of people. 75