LEAD: TAKE THE LEAD…Don’t be second best

You never become great by being second best; you must be willing to take the lead to soar.

The phrase “take the lead” is a call to action. It means to do something as an example for others to follow. According to Merriam-Webster, “to take the lead” means to take the position that is ahead of others.

Nothing in life is possible until somebody thinks it is. This simply means that mere thoughts about a thing is a possibility for reality. Every business, innovation, discovery, et cetera, is a product of somebody’s thoughts. Vision is the birthplace of great ideas, and out of these ideas, history is made.

The world is only going to celebrate people who defy laws, challenge the status quo, and create their own history. You must be ready to create history as an entrepreneur. You must be ready to take the lead in delivering innovation in this generation if you want to do so.

Wilbur Wright says “No bird soars in the calm.”  This is because it takes a storm to soar. Almost nothing of value can be gotten cheaply. The process of obtaining the most precious of items is usually tough and rigorous, and this is to ensure they are well appreciated. It is no different for any business that wants to weather the storm.

You never become great by being second best; you must be willing to take the lead to soar. As a business person never settles for anything except for the best because this puts you in the leading position.

In the world of entrepreneurship, calculated risk-taking is inevitable.  You must be committed to the demands of building your business from scratch as an entrepreneur if you want to take the lead.

You must be committed to the process of putting your dreams into reality because it is this process that equips you with firsthand knowledge of running your business empire.

Healthy competition is necessary for business; however, when you stand out, you will have no competition because the top of the ladder is never crowded.


In other to take the lead in business as an entrepreneur, you must do the following;

#1. Be  Excellent

You must be excellent in running the affairs of your business, from customer service down to product delivery.

#2. Give Valuable Products/Services

Never deliver inferior products or services to your clients or customers because you may get by with this for a while, but your name and reputation will suffer for it.

#3. Honor your Words

You must work with integrity, placing a high value on your words so that you can gain the trust and loyalty of your clients and customers. As much as you are willing to deliver on a job, do not give your word until you are sure.

#4. Value Time

One way to show you have great respect for time is to value the time of others. Never fix a meeting and come late because you feel you are the boss. This will make others working for or with you as a partner work without value for time.

What makes a good leader within a business?

As a business owner, the best leadership skills you can have include the ability to inspire others and develop a vision; the ability to set clear goals and stay focused; the ability to communicate effectively; the ability to give and receive feedback; the ability to assess your own and your team’s strengths and weaknesses; and the ability to recognize when to seek outside assistance.

What makes a leader successful?

The best leaders have the ability to empathize with or feel what their team members are feeling. An effective leader is someone whose life is guided by a set of core values. They have a strong moral compass, always act in the most ethical manner possible, and demonstrate moral leadership.


The path to becoming a better leader is endless. A good leader is always looking for ways to get better at what they do. What you’ve read here is an excellent foundation on which to build. Still, remember them often and give them plenty of attention.

To recap, asking yourself if you’re doing the best you can and planning ahead are two of your biggest allies. It’s also useful for leadership. Do not forget the importance of setting a good example as a business leader, maintaining open lines of communication with your staff, and being available to them as a mentor in order to achieve shared goals.

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