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Start a Successful Business (Inc.) by Colleen DeBaise

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A TOUGH THING ABOUT LAUNCHING a new business is that you typically need to do everything yourself—especially in the early days, before you have staff.

But then something even more challenging happens as you grow, hire, and expand. When you’ve got employees, customers, suppliers, and partners depending on you, then you need to become a leader.

Which gets us to an important questions: Are great leaders born or made?

We’ve asked a number of experts this very same question. The consensus: Leadership is a learned skill. Sure, there are inborn characteristics that can predispose some people to be leaders. But anyone with persistence, discipline, and passion can develop the abilities necessary to lead—and to do so exceptionally.

So that gets us to another ...

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