Will your company succeed or fail?  That depends on who your leader is!

Will your company succeed or fail? That depends on who your leader is!

Will your company succeed or fail?  That depends on who your leader is!

Leader or boss?

Just take a minute to look at the person who is at the helm of your company.  Would you class them as a boss or a leader?  Are they inspirational and motivate you to be the best that you can be and contribute to the success of the team? Or do they simply just take charge of the workplace and dictate?

“If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall in the ditch” Jesus Christ

As the massive retailer Tesco has recently found out to its detriment, the lack of a strong leader at the top can considerably turn the tides of a company’s fortune.  Founded in 1919 and one of the largest retailers in the world, Tesco has been recently lost £2 billion of its sales due to profit overstating, with bad leadership being blamed.

Strong leadership matters

Sir Terry Leahy, ex-Chief Executive of Tesco, now making a name in driving the success of bargain high street brand, B&M, believes that the lack of strong leadership has led to Tesco losing its reputation for quality and price and in alienating a previously loyal customer base.

This only goes to highlight whatever the size of your business, a leader is pivotal to the success of a business and the smooth running of daily operations.  So, what kind of person should you look for to take the lead in your company?  The ideal candidate would be someone who is excellent at making decisions, resolving problems and can develop extremely beneficial relationships with not only staff but customers, stakeholders and Board members.

“It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself” Latin Proverb

Confident, assertive and positive

The ideal leader should also be honest and committed with a good sense of humour that will carry them, and you, through any dark times the company may experience.  They should also be creative, inspirational and lead by example with a positive attitude that is easily transferred to team members.  Confidence is also important but it’s important to make sure this doesn’t come across as cockiness or abruptness, as this is the quickest way to alienate your staff.  You need to lead by example to get the very best out of your team.

Dwight D. Eisenhower “You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership”

Leadership and good management skills are valuable in the workplace and hiring managers are always looking for candidates who have these attributes.  Do you think these are adequately presented in your CV?  Or, more importantly, would a hiring manager think they were?  If yes, then you have a chance at that coveted position but if not, you will never climb to the top.  CV Knowhow has extensive experience in the preparation of Director/CEO CVs and has been responsible for candidates securing roles with a salary of in excess of £250K per year.

Great Leaders

By securing the professional services of the degree-educated board of CV consultants at CV Knowhow, you can get up the next rung of the career ladder and who knows, you may one day find yourself lodged somewhere between Martin Luther King Jr, Alexander, The Great and Julius Caesar or George Washington, Fidel Castro or, controversially, Adolf Hitler, in the list as one of the world’s top leaders of all times.

Who would you consider to be a great leader?

  • Winston Churchill: “The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground”
  • Aristotle: “He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander”
  • Tony Blair: “The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes”
  • Bill Gates: “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others”
  • Thomas Jefferson: “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock”
  • Nelson Mandela: “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership”
  • Stephen King: “A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men”
  • Michael Jordan: “Earn your leadership every day