Since celebrating Father’s Day over the weekend, we’ve been reflecting on the men who have helped shaped us into the individuals we are today – our dads. Throughout the years, we’ve picked up countless invaluable life lessons from our fathers, many of which have been instrumental in our roles as business leaders. To pay tribute, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite “Dad-isms:”
Be someone that you (and your company) can be proud of:
From an early age, our fathers instilled in us a sense of integrity, encouraging us to make our families proud, both in and out of the home. The same applies as a business leader. When you’re out and about representing your company, it’s important to do so in a way that honors your brand and your employees. Maintaining this standard will not only help your business build a positive reputation and relationship with your customer-base, it will also trickle down to the attitudes of your team.
When times get tough, don’t give up:
Growing up, our dads were experts at putting on brave faces. Through the good times and the bad, they found ways to persevere, working hard to provide for their families and perform at their jobs. This type of persistence is also critical for business leaders to strive for. Difficult situations are an inevitable part of the entrepreneurial journey, so a “never-give-up” attitude is a necessity.
Practice what you preach:
From day one, our fathers taught us the importance of matching our words with our actions. While this is important in all aspects of life, it’s especially relevant when leading a company. Remind yourself of your company’s values and make sure that you are abiding by them to set a positive example for your team. When everyone is on the same playing field, a respectful and productive environment is able to flourish.
If you haven’t already, be sure to thank your dad for all of the wise advise he’s given you over the years. Happy Father’s Day!