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Leadership Lessons: It Takes a Tribe to Run a Company

Leadership Lessons: It Takes a Tribe to Run a Company

There's no one "right" way to lead a business. Today's leaders have a lot of wisdom to impart about managing the modern workforce, because each one approaches leadership in his or her own unique way. Every week, Business News Daily will share a leadership lesson from a successful business owner or executive.

  • The leader: Tonya Lanthier, RDH and founder & CEO of DentalPost
  • Time in current position: 13 years
  • Tonya's philosophy: "It takes a tribe to do what you do." (Click to tweet)

I've learned throughout my journey that it takes a tribe to do what I do.

I was lucky enough to watch my grandmother Hazel work in the family business while spending time with her family. I also had the opportunity to learn from a female dentist who ran her office, family and a side business. I realized quickly that it took her whole office working together to achieve success.

I've made a point to weave this lesson into everything I do. By setting the vision in motion and delegating to the right people, we can make magic happen. It's important to recognize who the right person is for the job, give them the tools they need to succeed, and then get out of the way and let them do their job. This is key to our success at DentalPost.

Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) has also taught me along the way to hire smarter and build a tribe to help me grow my business. I've learned how to add structure and hire people to help me execute and continue to grow. For example, in the technology skills area I have learned to hire people that are a lot smarter than I am – I want to be the dumbest in the room!

Although experience has taught me many lessons, I've learned a tremendous amount from others telling their stories. I encourage all entrepreneurs to seek out a network and spend some time listening. Figure out what your constraints are. Answer the question, "What's next?" This will remind you to never stop growing and to make sure your tribe is along for the ride.

As Jim Collins, author of "Good to Great" (Harper Business, 2011) said, "Get the right people on the bus first, and the wrong people off the bus, then figure out what direction to drive the company."

Edited for length and clarity by Nicole Taylor.