It’s easy to come up with a list of great leaders, isn’t it? Warren Buffett. Bill Gates. Jeff Bezos. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nelson Mandela are to name a few. And, just for good measure and to swing the gender balance a bit, let’s add in Angela Merkel.

What a mixed bag I’ve chosen, right? I’m sure you can think of more!

However, the point is, the named leavers are all well-known for their distinctive leadership abilities. So, what actually makes a good leader and how can you incorporate the leadership attributes with your attitude that propels your wedding business?

Ask yourself a small question, do all businesses, large and small, need great leaders? Of course. No-brainer, right?

One of the things I’ve observed about every single name on my ‘great leaders’ list is that others wanted to be led by these individuals.

Now the question is what are the factors that made them such great leaders? I’ll venture to say that natural ability has shaped their leadership style—and their charismatic personality added more to their quality. But do you think that all had happened to them in a single day? One day all of them suddenly woke up and knew exactly how to lead the rest of the world?

No, probably not! They worked on it. In their attempts and hard work,  there was plenty of trial and error. And then they likely had three attributes that I think helped them succeed:

  1. Passion.
  2. Vision
  3. The ability to empower others.

We’ll discuss all three in just a second. First, though, I wanted to insert some real-life examples.

In writing this post, I leaned on a friend’s help. I asked my friend, if she has a boss who’s a good leader—and I’ll be honest. I sort of anticipated her answer.

She laughed and said, “Well, in my current job, my boss doesn’t listen, doesn’t seem to care about me, and micromanages everything I do.”

Yeah. There are so many of such ‘leaders’ around, aren’t there?

And after hearing my friend’s reply it is needless to say that my friend is looking for another job.

However, I know someone else who had won the boss lottery. When I asked this friend the same thing about his boss, he gushed and said, “My boss is so excited about coming to work every day, and it’s totally infectious. He has a vision for our sales department and all of us want to do our best for him.”

He went on to say that he could work for the same boss for the rest of his life and be forever happy.

So, the question here is how can you ensure that you’re doing that for your employees? Or do you know in your heart of hearts that your employees and your business are running you, not the other way around?

The best thing about learning how to lead is that you can learn how to lead. A quick Google or Amazon search can show you that—it’s undoubtedly a multimillion dollar industry!

Pick up a book about leadership (there are so many different philosophies on leadership, too) and get to reading’.

#1 – Passion

So, let’s go back to our list. Are you leading with passion?

How do you know? Well, are you excited about going to work every day? Are you more than thrilled to work on a Saturday?

Believe me, your employees can detect all these qualities whether you have the passion for your wedding business—and can figure it out, too, if you’re just going through the motions.

If you’re not loving it, you can’t lead effectively. 

#2 – Vision

Vision is another one of those biggies. Do you have big plans for your wedding business? No “big” plans? Do you at least have a vision that will hold steady through the end of the week?

Keep in mind that if you don’t have goals, you’re floundering. And if you don’t have benchmarks, then you seriously need them.

It’s just like you have goals for your life, such as, “I want to celebrate my 10-year anniversary of my wedding business by taking all of my employees to Mexico, so I will need to do X, Y, and Z to make that happen.”

For a successful wedding business you should also need specific goals that would drive you towards triumph.

Such things might seem to be elementary, but it is crucial, especially for small businesses.

By the way, wouldn’t your employees all love you then? Mexico, it is! Ha!

#3 – Empowering Others

Remember my friend whose boss is a major micromanager? (Yeah, don’t be like that.)

Believe it or not, even if you are the CEO of your wedding business, leading isn’t about you. It’s about others.

If that’s a revelation to you, then you should do the reality check! It’s really, really true.

Have you ever heard of the term, “Right bus, right seats?”