How New Entrepreneurs Can Become Authentic Leaders

Entering the world of entrepreneurship can be intimidating. New entrepreneurs might feel nervous, afraid, or doubtful. Or, maybe you feel all of those emotions at once! You may even wonder how will you ever become an authentic leader yourself? Many seasoned business leaders will advise you to be patient. Leadership comes with time, but there are a few things you can do to help accelerate the process.


Virtual Leadership Retreat

This month’s posts all center around the idea of personal growth as an entrepreneur. If you’re interested in learning more, Majestic Coaching hosts a virtual retreat from July 31 – August 1, and I’d love to see you there! We’ll discuss topics like building authentic leadership, bringing more purpose into your work, staying true to your values, and impacting the world around you. 

As business owners, we often get stuck in a mindset that doesn’t serve the people we are or the clients we help. I want to encourage you to shift the paradigm of business toward a more conscious one. If you’re interested in attending our virtual retreat, please contact me for more details!


New Entrepreneurs as Authentic Leaders

Okay, back to our topic! Building a business while becoming an authentic leader is challenging for anyone, but it’s especially challenging for new entrepreneurs. As newbies, we’re still getting our footing, and that takes energy, time, and resources. Before you know it, you’re months or years into your business, and you may feel like you’ve missed the leadership boat. Well, it’s never too late to become a leader! 


Mistakes of New Entrepreneurs

Let’s start by acknowledging a few common mistakes made by new entrepreneurs. By knowing these easy-to-make missteps, you can work to avoid them and channel that saved energy into becoming a business leader.

But don’t worry if you recognize yourself in these mistakes. Remember, they’re common, and the first step is to recognize them.

  • Focusing Only on Business.

    • Of course, you have to pay the bills, but be careful about getting wrapped up in the mundane tasks of entrepreneurship. Stay organized or delegate work so you can also focus on why you started your business and why you love it! That enthusiasm is what will make you an authentic business leader.

  • Feeling Like an Imposter.

    • You’re new to the scene, so maybe you feel shy or inappropriate in speaking out or leading. You don’t have to be! Your passion, skills, knowledge, and more make you a reliable source of inspiration for others. Maybe you’re not an expert yet, but with time, that knowledge will grow. For now, you can still authentically inspire others.

  • Giving Up To Easily.

    • When things don’t go your way, you may want to throw in the towel. Don’t do that — there’s still hope! Many resources are available to help you when you feel overwhelmed or like you hit a wall. Retreats, networking, classes, or partnerships can all help you build those leadership skills. And your never-give-up attitude exudes authenticity!


Harness Your Passion

Now that you know the common mistakes, let’s look at some of the best advice you can get: use that passion for good! 

When starting a business, you probably have a lot of passion for your idea. Over time, that emotion and enthusiasm can wane. You have to work hard to maintain that energy and excitement, but you can use it to become a more authentic leader when you do. When you’re passionate about something, you’re more likely to learn about it, advocate for it, and help others to do the same. 

By using your passion, you can push yourself to become a knowledgable voice in your field. People naturally look up to those who know their stuff, so you’ll already have an audience to grow. And when you care about something, that translates into respect. When people respect you, they are more likely to listen to what you have to say. Through it all, your passion will help protect and amplify your authenticity.


Don’t Do it Alone

The other prime piece of advice is to remember that you’re not alone. Use your passion to stay authentic, and then use your community to build leadership skills. Network and connect with others who are where you want to be. Seasoned entrepreneurs who you respect are a great source of information. Read their blogs, attend their workshops, connect with them on social media. Chances are, they want to help! Learn what they did and then match it to your style (which will help you stay authentic).  

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