“A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C Maxwell

If you’re using the economy or the pandemic as an excuse for not growing your business this year, then think again. Sure it’s easier to build a business when money is plentiful, but when spending shrinks, the genuinely successful separate themselves from their peers and keep their businesses growing.

These people are Leaders who see even the most challenging situation as a problem to solve. They look for answers and then take action. If you’re a leader, you can make your business more successful in almost any type of economy by getting the knowledge you need to grow your business.

Now is the time for leaders to concentrate on providing absolute clarity, focus, and optimism to their teams. And remember, everyone is a leader; authentic leadership is not a job title. Now is the time to focus on staff morale and skill development. Now is the time to be in regular contact with your clients. Now is the time to sharpen every marketing and sales tool that you have at your disposal. Now is the time to be preparing for the economic upturn that is around the corner.

I call the other group the Blamers. They’re, unfortunately, in the majority. In tough times they are looking for someone or something else to blame for their problems or misfortune. Blamers let themselves get stuck. Blaming others and looking for excuses is a way to avoid fixing something that’s broken. They don’t accept the challenge of tougher times and are at its mercy because of this. They’re continuously moaning about how tough times are.

It’s easier to be successful in good times.

Still, challenging circumstances reveal what people are truly capable of. Some people stand up and face challenges head-on, while others shrink and crumble.

Are you a Leader or a Blamer? 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams