We are often portrayed as lonely entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses. Either we started something ourselves or we manage a business. This can lead to isolation.
Steve Jobs is a prime example. He was a visionary and built Apple not only once, but twice. His management style was purely his, and he had a unique vision that made him difficult to work with.
He was a strong supporter of Apple’s vision and he made sure that every product and concept was launched under his watch.
As with everything, looks can be deceiving. However, even the most ardent entrepreneur loner may have partners. While there are contacts and suppliers we prefer to work with, we always have one or two people that we can rely on for support. These people could be family members or employees. However, those we trust and rely on are part of our business.
No venture can be successful by just one person. As entrepreneurs and business leaders, it is important to acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of others.
Consider who, both within your company and yourself, has been the unsung hero that got you to where you are today. You could have your family, or it could just be your loyal employee who puts in extra effort when needed. Or it could be the supplier that never stops trying to help you get what you need when you need.
Reach out to your partners and thank them for their faith in you.