Having gone through several of the key roles in building a start up, we will discuss how a leader pulls them together.
The first thing to remember is that if you are the leader, it is both all about you and not about you.
It is all about you in that every organization needs a head, an authority, some one responsible to guide and direct towards the dream/vision of the organization.
It is not all about you in that you cannot do it all on your own. You need help, you cannot fill every role, there are only so many hours in a day, you only have so much energy to expend, you have only so many resources at your disposal and may lack the expertise in certain areas to execute your vision well.
It is a process to develop a team. In fact, it is a process to develop and refine your process into something workable and manageable.
It is like the building of a house which involve several elements.
Each aspect of the building can be adjusted and critiqued, not only before the actual building in the brain-storming/planning phase, but also in the execution. Trying to control and anticipate every expense and challenge is foolish, there will be changes in weather, the health of the team, accidents, lost/broken tools, budget short falls, etc. and so it is wise to learn to adapt and have options available in/when there is something unexpected.
Being the leader doesn’t mean having all the answers, though that helps, and confidence is a huge part of it. A big part of being the leader means having options and knowing when and how to exercises those options if/when something goes wrong.