As a entrepreneur, you are an executive. And being an executive of a company requires that you be decisive, not to mention confident. You must believe in yourself and your ability to carry out your tasks with precision and purpose. Many people think that these traits are innate, but in reality, they can be learned. Learning how to act like an executive will help you be a better entrepreneur who can take on any situation. These characteristics are referred to as "alpha personality” and having them means you're a competent leader who is willing to take charge of any project—anytime, anywhere.
Here are ten ways to develop the alpha personality in you, which will help you become a more effective entrepreneur:
1. Have a Clear Goal
Every good leader needs to have a good vision. This vision will help you steer your organization and inspire your team to succeed. A clear goal will give you the will to do whatever it takes to make your dreams come true. Without a clear idea of what you want to do or achieve, your business won’t have a direction or common goal, which will make you and your overall management process less efficient as a whole.
2. Work on Your Posture
When you want to present yourself as a leader or an alpha, your appearance will play a significant role in how others perceive you. Some people tend to hunch forward when they sit, while others may have a habit of looking down while they’re walking. These characteristics play with the perception of others, making you seem weaker and less credible as a leader. Therefore, you need to work on your posture to help you look more ready to lead others. Puff your chest, keep your neck straight, and don't look down while you walk!
3. Take Calculated Risks
Nobody has ever made it big without taking a leap of faith, so it’s imperative that you are willing to take risks and invest your time and money into something that will pay off handsomely. This doesn’t mean that you should start gambling, though; on the contrary, you should do your research to make sure that you’re not throwing your money away.
4. Learn to Lead
It should go without saying that a good leader must be able to lead, so if you have been a follower all your life, it’s time for you to step up and take control of your destiny. Therefore, you need to take it upon yourself to learn about what you need to do and step out of your comfort zone to do it. Remember, if you never start doing anything, you won’t be able to achieve anything.
5. Never say Never
When you encounter challenges, you should get into the habit of facing them head-on instead of trying to find a way around them. This will train you to be ready to take on tasks assigned to you without any concerns or complaints, but you need to make sure that those tasks are truly worth your time.
6. Always Wear a Smile on Your Face
Humans are hardwired to look for a bright, wide smile, as that’s a sign of friendliness and trustworthiness in our eyes. For this reason, a good entrepreneur needs to always have a smile on their face, especially when you’re meeting someone new. If people see you come in with a frown on your face, they may feel too intimidated or defensive, and you won't have a productive discussion.
7. Negate the Bystander Effect by Taking Action
The bystander effect is when people just stand around and look, thinking that others will do something. This has been the cause of many losses, as people don’t take it upon themselves to take action. An alpha male will always be the first to jump into any situation and do what must be done right away.
8. Dress for the Occasion
You should be well-dressed for the same reason why you should have a good posture—it helps to improve your public perception. When people see that you’re well-dressed, they will assign more value to what you have to say, which will help you to create a long-lasting impact in people’s minds. When you’re going to pitch an idea, make sure you show up looking your best suit to make yourself appear more credible!
9. Find a Mentor
It’s hard to know what the right thing to do is if you don't have the experience to deal with it, but experience requires that you have gone through years of trial and error. You can bypass all of that process by working with a mentor, as they can pass their knowledge, skills, and expertise on to you, enabling you to acquire decades of knowledge within a year or two.
10. Don’t Get Cocky
When you start seeing success, you will need a way to combat your ego to prevent yourself from becoming unteachable. If you become too cocky, you will find that it’s very difficult to improve as you won’t be open to ideas and suggestions from others.
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