What are the definition of a business hero? This is a timely and intriguing question. I am using the seven attributes provided in the May 2012 editorial from SmartCEO magazine (Jeanine Clingenpeel, editor, SmartCEO magazine; May 2012) but have added my personal thoughts to the attributes.
- They have strong visions and inspire others to follow: A vision pictures one’s future state. In other words, what does one want to become? It is a destination not yet achieved. A grand vision excites and inspires those who would follow.
- They give back to the community more than they take: Some of the most successful business persons have a giving heart. They believe that they have a responsibility to give back to the communities in which they thrive. The do 'good' to do 'well' in the marketplace.
- They set an example: The best leaders have ‘followers’, i.e., people who look up to them as examples and are willing to join the leader. Heros lead with their behaviors and actions.
- They create something where nothing existed: A successful business hero has a powerful, grand vision of the future. They articulate a new future that is exciting and beneficial to many. The idea that something new will be created is a compelling draw.
- What they build is built to last: They stay to see each effort to completion and empower others to enhance and sustain each success. The goal is sustainability rather than a momentary success.
- Where others see challenges, they see opportunity: Heros have a positive attitude around challenges. Their positive attitude is contagious and their efforts engage others to the task which enriches all who join. Success comes from seizing opportunities.
- They change the world: The world is changed mostly one step at a time and one person at a time. Most interesting is that heros don't set out to change the world, they just want to make a difference in the world around them.
© Baldwin H. Tom CMC