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If leaders like the J.P. Morgan CEO and prominent Democrat Jamie Dimon are right, the economy will continue to roar in growth we haven’t seen since Ronald Reagan’s Administration.

Under President Reagan, the gross domestic product was consistently above 4 percent. During President Barack Obama’s eight years, the GDP was consistently 2 percent or less.

Citing a spike in business confidence and consumer sentiment in polls  inititally after the election of President Donald Trump, Mr. Dimon said the president’s agenda has awakened “animal spirits” in business.

That was great news for the economy in which a former Great Recession seemed to linger and linger.

So now companies have greater opportunities to succeed as leaders in generating capital.

Many have been mired in a zero sum game by merely staying alive by taking market share from competitors, and not by innovating.

To capitalize on the improved economy and to dominate the competition, it will be best to create new opportunities for growth.

This will only be accomplished if a company’s culture is positive and every employee acts as a team member.

For that to occur, leadership is required.

For a positive leadership quotient, here’s a quick checklist:

1. Budget time for “blue sky” planning.

Imagine how the company can become a market leader.

2. Review your strategic mission and plan.

Set priorities and communicate them. The biggest single complaint that employers have mentioned to me – their employees fail to see the big picture.

Find ways to communicate your values on a regular basis. Explain to employees how their roles contribute to your company’s overall success.

3. Motivate.

Make certain your supervisors are motivated and aspire to be leaders. They need to know the differences between leaders and mere care-taking managers. 

4. Be authentic.

Be open in your communication, create a climate for honesty to deal with mistakes, and listen. Drive clarity and promote accountability. Position yourself to profit from employee respect.

5. Bring your employees together for collaboration.

Invite them to contribute their perspectives. It’s amazing how many problems are solved and profits are created by listening to workers – where the “tire meets the road.”

Many have been mired in a zero sum game by merely staying alive by taking market share from competitors, and not by innovating.

6. Simplify processes.

Nurture your employees. Understand their desires, passions and talents. Give them confidence to accept challenge and to reach their full potential. They will propel you and the company upward.

Further, remember that there’s a definite link between financial performance and succession planning.

7. Create a fun environment.

Keep focusing on the positive. Engage your staff regularly.

8. Keep yourself moving forward.

Learn the characteristics of a successful CEO.

9. Innovate.

Stretch and grow by understanding how and where you need to mature personally to become a top innovator.

10. Monitor your progress.

Keep fine-tuning your culture. Keep an open mind. Look for ways to evolve and innovate.

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“No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.

-Peter Drucker


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.