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: Bryan Miles, CEO and co-founder of Miles Advisory Group (Miles AG)
- Time in current position: 5 years
- Bryan's philosophy: "Leadership is temporary. You are the CEO only for a season of time – not forever. So you must steward this role and company well."
I lost my dad to lung cancer when I was in college. This made having a solid base of support around me all the more vital. For me, that care and backing came in the form of mentorship from reliable leaders who have played a role in influencing the man, husband, dad and leader I am today.
I chose my mentors decisively and with intentionality. The process of identifying them has probably been one of the smartest personal and business decisions I've ever made. For the most part, they are older men whose lives I admire based on their excellence in business, leadership, fatherhood and marriage. They provide candid feedback, unconditional friendship and, when needed, tough-love wisdom. Their words have instilled in me the passion and ability to give back, too, as I mentor others in their marriages, early careers or developing entrepreneurship.
Mentoring is not about making mirror images of ourselves. It's not about our egos. At the same time, neither is being a mentee. We must shake off the pride that prevents us from seeking others to invest in our lives and be willing to look outside of ourselves. Our very best mentors may not be who we envision. They might be older or younger, from a different industry or represent a difference we didn't have in mind.
The benefits of mentoring have made a huge imprint on the culture of my company. Employees are empowered to run the business, which means I can own the business. When you hire competent professionals, honor and treat them as adults, and give them workplace autonomy – the kind inspired by trust, training and guidance – the results can be breathtaking.
Edited for length and clarity by Nicole Taylor.