How to Develop Leadership Qualities if You Want to Be a Successful Entrepreneur 59

How to Develop Leadership Qualities if You Want to Be a Successful Entrepreneur

This article was written by Anabel Cooper.

In part perhaps due to celebrity culture and the modern habit of enshrining self-absorption across various social media formats, there exists the idea that success is bequeathed to the loudest voice in the room. Or someone who is not afraid to walk over people to get what they want.

There’s a line of thought that believes if you attack your career with more violence somehow the process of self-actualization will be expedited. This is, if anything, a rather misplaced opinion.

Look at the many incredibly successful businessmen like Bill Gates or Warren Buffet. They, in the public eye, conduct themselves with humility and a lack of conspicuous consumption. These tend to be the people who make the real money. People who are intelligent and assured enough that they can develop themselves and their ideas without the constant need to prove their success to anyone so much as looking in their direction.

There are some common facets of these people’s personalities that we can look at and perhaps help point ourselves to our own betterment.

One thing of note is that these people generally tend to communicate and, more importantly, listen better than people anxious to shout themselves out to the world.

Given the modern importance of networking, being a clear and conscientious communicator could reap dividends.

Overwhelming others can drive them away and reduce the playing field for cooperative engagement. Even worse, such blabbing could be used by others to exploit your progress.

Being more attentive with professional relationships is a great way to help widen the scope of your ambitions.

Modesty can also come in handy when dealing with hardships.

Every great entrepreneur usually has a sizable amount of failures left in their wake. While it’s fine to fail, you risk looking foolish if your efforts meet with bad luck after having assuredly trumpeted their genius to anyone who’ll listen.

Being less presumptuous helps you make progress quietly, and bounce back from tough times quicker.

Again, advertising your efforts too loudly could also leave you vulnerable to the machinations of your competition.

Modest people also tend to be more reserved.

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This can help greatly when overcoming challenges.

If one conducts themselves with an air of confidence, they are generally thought to be much more capable of overcoming struggles and difficulties. And people will be more likely to find them trustworthy and responsible.

Silence is a virtue, especially when it comes to developing ideas.

Quiet planning usually underpins most major success stories in the entrepreneurial realm, which is hard to accomplish with a big, extroverted personality.

Modest people socialize better than loud, abrasive individuals. That’s because they tend to consider other people more and therefore better appreciate others which can often be reciprocated.

This consideration frequently extends to their employees who they treat decently and with respect.

Making an investment in people reaps dividends. It can engender a work ethic and foster a sense of sharing a common goal better than a hundred team meetings. While generally being a more professionally desirable mode of conduct.

Modesty can also lead you to be a better investor.

Sit back and see which way the wind is blowing. More often than not you’ll be ahead of the person desperately trying to be the leader of the pack.

Modesty maybe something of a lost art, but as they say, manners make the man. And there’s no good reason why reticence and humility can be used to unlock the doors to success.

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One Guy’s Journey from a Work-at-Home Transcriptionist to Starting an Educational Institute 5

One Guy's Journey from a Work-at-Home Transcriptionist to Starting an Educational Institute

This is an interview-style post with Mahesh Kumar.

Hey Mahesh. What do you do?

I’m the Spokesperson of the Transcription Certification Institute, an Ellensburg-WA based educational institution that provides an in-depth online transcription training and certification course.

The online course, which is created by industry leaders, enables transcriptionists to gain a well-rounded understanding of the field and become a professional transcriptionist for better job prospects and higher wages.

How did you start your career?

I’ve started my career as a home-based transcriptionist and have experience of 8+ years in transcription industry. I’m currently on a mission to help work from home moms and make them aware of one of the straightforward and lucrative way of earning money from home, i.e., transcription.

I love writing and so I regularly share my words through my blog. At present, I am working as the spokesperson of Transcription Certification Institute.

What inspired your journey?

I was not cut out for regular jobs because of health and family issues. But, I wanted to earn decent money.

Most work from jobs required me to be online during fixed hours. That did not work for me.

A friend referred me to a copywriter who needed transcription services in an extended time frame. This was my first assignment and exposure to the industry. I had issues with grammar and lots of difficulty in understanding accents. My transcriptionist friend gave me the very first lesson in punctuation. It was a great lesson.

That was the aha moment!

I wanted to share it online with all other new transcriptionists. My expertise in transcription was still limited but my interaction with other transcriptionists. And other work from home professionals found that there was no organized information in this industry.

That’s when with the help of the team we created an ebook as would serve as a handbook to transcriptionists. It was called Everything You Need To Know About Work From Home: General Transcription Business Opportunities.’ It’s available on our website for free.

What is the transcription business about?

It’s a dream that allows parents, caregivers and those with disabilities to stay at home and earn.

We call ourselves Team TCI. None of us has complete skills but together we have made a dream into a business that is sustainable, profitable and manages to help others earn more.

We like to think of ourselves as not just one single successful business owner but a team of accomplished transcriptionists and hedonists who have come together to share their expertise on a platform that is globally accessible to all.

Our objective is to make you a better transcriber so that you can earn more at the same time. 

Through our internship program, we ensure that new wannabe transcribers get a foothold in the industry. Our job board aims to bring transcribers and employers together on one platform to make hiring and finding jobs easier.

We are 9+ years old but the journey has only just begun.

What were your biggest challenges when setting up the institute?

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Together, we had 2,459 dollars to spare!  This was just enough to put up a website and host it for a year.

We had no budget, no marketing plan and no strategy.

More than money we invested our skills, time and above all intent. When we launched, making money was not the objective. The objective was to share information, educate and in the process recover the costs.

We were totally bootstrapped. In fact, we all transcribed extra hours to generate money.

Each year we invested the money earned in the course, it’s upgrade, website upgrade and more. All exams are manually graded and that is expensive.

What do you offer on the website and who can benefit from it?

We offer a course in general transcription.

Our course is for anyone who wants to work from the comfort of their home, enjoy flexible timings and the ability to choose workload. The course is very popular with parents of young children who want to be around when they grow up, ex-serviceman with disabilities, single moms and others who want to work from home.

Some would say that there is nothing to be learned in general transcription but that would not be true. I did start out without training and if it not had been for the help I received my career would not have been successful.

In fact, as the popularity of transcription as a career option grows getting a foothold in the industry is becoming tough. That is why we came up with an internship program that gives hand on experience to new transcriptionists and exposure to the industry.

The job board benefits them by bringing employers and transcriptionists on the same platform.

What’s one thing you do to unwind?

We were introduced to meditation a few years back and to unwind we like to meditate.

What’s your favorite book?

It keeps on changing but time and again for inspiration, I find myself reaching out to The Alchemist by Paul Coelho. Never stop dreaming! Give context to your dreams!

Check out the story of how one guy went from a work at home transcriptionist to setting up a transcription institute and help others start working from home.