Avoid "Do It My Way" When Building Relationships (Part 2, Leadership for Entrepreneurs)

In the first part of this series, we explored how an entrepreneur’s vision is different from a leader’s vision. Entrepreneurs talk about the good or service they produce, while leaders connect excellent work by the members to a meaningful change for the customer.

This is how leaders bring out excellence in the group. Telling the story of vision in this way is critical to any organization bringing on new employees, whether an entrepreneurial venture or a larger, established organization. It just feels different, because it is a new way to talk about a topic.

The same is true of leadership relationships. You can read about the basics of the function of relationships here. For the entrepreneur bringing on new employees, here are a few things to consider.

Relationships are how people work together to produce the final product. Because entrepreneurs have generally done all of the work themselves, they have a hard time letting go of their preferred process and an even harder time observing the interpersonal actions between staff that have previously occurred in entirely one person.

The result is that entrepreneurs become frustrated and try to force their new hires to “do it my way.”