Young entrepreneurs can have a wonderful idea, but to make it into a functioning business they need a number of key skills, including leadership.
As part of the Big Idea Challenge winners’ package, they were invited to take part in a workshop on Understanding their Leadership Style, using psychometric profiling provided by Thomas International run by Ally Maughan, CEO of People Puzzles.
The Big Idea Challenge is an annual business competition hosted by The Accelerator business incubator to discover the best ideas coming out of London Met in three categories: Commercial, Creative and Social Impact. This has been an incredible pipeline for launching successful businesses in previous years and 2015 was no exception.With Student Personal Profiles being provided by Alan Brown at Thomas International, the Accelerator-based business owners were asked to pick characteristics that were most and least like them in the work environment. A short behavioural profiling step later, each entrepreneur got feedback on their working strengths, sales and communication styles, and how to better manage other people.
Two of the entreperneurs taking part were Dale Reed and Junaid Ghani from Before You Eat, a business which brings a new approach to weight management which uses cognitive and behavioral therapy to deliver impactful results through lifestyle modification. They explain:
“After today I shall be better aware of how best to work with someone, understanding what may drive their personality. If only there was an app for this!” - Dale Reed
"A helpful insight into the direction individuals can take when faced with challenges and how I in my role can aid others in achieving their full potential". Junaid Ghani
Developing your personal leadership style and understanding how best to communicate with and motivate others is a crucial skill when running a business. Thank you so much to all the entrepreneurs that took part, and to Thomas for providing the profiles!