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As an entrepreneur, building a business takes a large amount of time, work, and sacrifice. While draining as it can be, the end result is always worth it. But for this to be accomplished, you need to develop the mindset and attitude that embraces the overall risk and initiatives involved when becoming a business leader for your startup.

So what do you have to change when running your own business? Who do you need to become to be the most beneficial business leader for your startup?

As much as you want to remain true to yourself, you also need to acknowledge that you are not just an ordinary individual. Instead, you are the representative, the face, and most importantly the franchise of your company. In reality, to answer two questions above is quite complex. Who you need to be and what you need to change really depends on the people or situations you find yourself in. The one thing that remains, however, is the overall holistic characteristics that embody a true visionary leader. This encompasses confidence, passion, and communication across all forms of departments. Furthermore, it also embodies a more instinctual and innate ability of survival. For these business leaders, any decision or any choice takes time. But no matter what decision they make, they make sure the decision benefits the company and their employees overall.

Now, while the explanation above may sound like a staple of perfection for just one individual, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible. Below, I have outlined four various habits of how you can become a strong, efficient, and effective business leader for your startup. While it may not be easy, it will be necessary for you to exemplify these various traits if you want your business to thrive and succeed within the future.

Learn from your Failures

When it comes failures, it is important to understand that they will happen. While that of course does not make the situation better, framing the situation in a more positive light can be incredibly beneficial your business. Instead of looking at them as disappointments, view each failure as a window for opportunity. Try to learn from your mistakes and build a foundation that will prevent them from happening. Remember, many successful entrepreneurs have made the same mistakes as you. The only difference is what you are able to do with them when it happens.

Continue to Learn

The minute you stop learning is the minute you stop creating history. For many companies, you want to embrace a strong culture where learning and communication is constantly happening. Any type of close-minded mentality can be incredibly damaging or stagnating to your business. As an entrepreneur, you want to be identified with your ability to adapt and change. This entails you to learn from those around you. Try finding a business mentor who has achieved the success you are seeking for your business. Even go as far as seeking your employees for help. Their fresh new perspective can give you insight of how you can improve your business each and every day.

Set Your Goals

Goal setting is another way for you to both inspire and challenge yourself in the future. Remember, if it does not challenge you, it will not change you. For your goals to be beneficial, you need to of course set tangible ones that you and your company can hit. I am not asking you to settle for something lower than yourself. Instead, I want you to be realistic of what you and your company can accomplish in just a few months. Start off with an overarching goal. Try picking one that is challenging yet realistic. Then set steps or smaller goals or objectives that will allow you to reach your main goal. You will find quickly that these long-term goals and set visions will help innovate your products and inspire your workers across your entire company.

Follow Through with your Goals

In the words of Elon Musk, “If something is important enough, you should try it even if the probable outcome is failure.” No matter what your goal is, make sure you follow through with it. Yes, there is a considerable amount of risk that goes into each goal, but that risk is what is necessary in order to change the direction for your business.