We’ve come to live in a rapidly-changing business world that requires keeping up to maintain your business. You’re bound to come across problems regardless of what line of work you’re in. While there’s no denying you’ll have to face and solve them somehow, the route you take to deal with these issues is what matters most.
To that end, this article will discuss the topic of proactive vs. reactive leadership in business, explain the importance of choosing the former, and explore how you can do so.
Unfortunately, problems are not unusual when leading or managing a business, as we’ve mentioned before. How one person views and deals with these problems indicates their business leadership qualities. In simpler terms — it separates the proactive from the reactive business leaders or managers.
Proactive leaders will try to put themselves and their businesses ahead of the game. That is, they’ll invest efforts in strategizing and planning before any problems arise. As a result, proactive leaders or managers should avoid dealing with predictable and preventable problems and prepare to identify and solve the ones that aren’t.
On the other hand, reactive business leadership or management does not involve thinking that far ahead. Reactive business leaders and managers only deal with problems once they surface. Consequently, they’re forced to focus on issues as they come up and fail to see the full picture. So, they often get overwhelmed and lose track of their business goals and objectives while they are fighting fires.
There’s a rather famous saying you must have heard at least once. It goes: “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ll feed him for a lifetime.” Well, the importance of proactive business leadership/management is perfectly reflected in the meaning behind this saying.
Being proactive as a leader or manager allows your business to develop and progress over time. It keeps you on top of your game, well-versed in your business field, familiar with your competitors, and abreast of all relevant developments. This type of knowledge allows you to work as productively as possible with your team, identify your business goals, strategize, and effectively implement those strategies.
In a nutshell, if you’ve ever wondered how to become a successful business leader — the answer lies in proactivity.
Like any other business development strategy, the proactive approach to business leadership or management entails certain steps. For the sake of better understanding, we’ve divided them into two groups — internal and external.
Internal proactive leadership is related to the practices you use within your business’s organization. They correspond to how you regard your employees and work with your team. We’ve listed and outlined the most important ones below:
External proactive leadership has to do with external problems and risks your business might run into. The following techniques should help you prepare to weather the inevitable storms of the business world:
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