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Women Entrepreneurs 101: Rules of Leadership: Why being a Learner is so important to being a leader?

She wrote me a letter asking, "How can I read it? It’s so hard." I told her to start at the beginning and read as far as you can get until you're lost. Then start again at the beginning and keep working through until you can understand the whole book. And that’s what she did” (Fennyman)
There is nothing that cannot be learnt if you persistently attempt it. You cannot get better at something unless you keep trying to make an effort. Constantly learn. Determine the skills sets you require to make your personalities more leadership driven and acquire that expertise to improve our skills.
Nothing should be an obstacle to development of your personality and achievement of your ambitions.
Be the woman of action. Never let a challenge go by without making an attempt at conquering it. Chart the uncharted. Strive to learn and improve yourself every day and every moment.
There is always something to learn. Even from people who may not have the same education or privilege as you do. Imbibe learning as a habit. What you have learn will always be the wealth that cannot be taken away from you.
1. Assess your skills honestly: None of us are perfect. We must not be. We might have been privileged enough to acquire good education but that is never a finite criteria in the process of entrepreneurship.
As women, we must constant assess our own capabilities. We must create a list of the capabilities and skills that we possess and use that as a basis for our competencies.
2. Assess the skills required to operate your entrepreneurial venture:
It is very important to be extremely clear about the skills that you will require to function as an entrepreneur. In a startup, where you are trying to be lean; you may need to educate yourself adequately about basic business functions. These are not difficult to pick up. The difference between a venture done and a venture- done-well may just be a few basic business skills in the end. Will you require to be an expert in all business skills? Probably not. But you will definitely require an understanding of the dynamics of these skills to run your venture.
3. Pick up the skills you are missing: You might not need two-year degrees to pick up the education that you may require to complete your skill deficit. Just enough to use the skills in business is important. Do remember that education and learning are unceasing paths. Skill upgrade is a process of progression of life.
4. Find a mentor: Mentors are people you can speak to about your venture. It’s always a good idea to ask someone who has done what you are trying to do to be your go-to person. Learn from their experiences. Use them as sounding boards.
5. Develop your advisory board: It’s always a good idea to ask some of your prospective customers to be on your advisory board. Keeping an open mind to customer feedback and learning from customer feedback is a very important part of venture success.
6. Learn from Failure: The best teacher is an attempt that failed. There is no shame in failure. Failure does not make you weak. On the contrary, failure is an attempt at success. However, if you treat failure as a shame, there is very little you will learn from it. Make every failure a learning. Attempt again. This time using the experience. If you have never made a mistake, you have never made a discovery.


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