We’ve all dreamed of becoming the next man or woman of mystery or at least be able to think and react like a trained spy! Ok so you won’t be trained at Langley CIA headquarters but here are a few pointers for all you entrepreneurs gathered from intelligence specialists to step up your leadership skills.
1. Hook up with those on the inside.
Intelligence assets or those on the inside are just as important in the business world as they are in spy films and real life CIA operations. Field agents are known for their ability to source inside informants and gain vital information. Entrepreneurs have to be equally intelligent in connecting professionally with their insiders too. They don’t say “your network is your net worth” for nothing. Source valuable inside connections and discover your shared interests. The best insider contacts are those with bigger visions and believe in greater purposes.
2. Observe and read peoples expressions
Body language and observational skills are used widely by spies to assess threats and opportunities. Entrepreneurs should be highly observant in meetings and face to face communications when it comes to body language and expressions. Pay great attention to the signals which indicate you have tapped into key points and benefits such as widening eyes, leaning forward, a flash of a smile, raised eyebrows and subtle nodding, these are all indications that you have the persons attention.
Leaning back, scrunching of the nose, protruding jaw and narrowing of the eyelids are all negative indications and you should also make yourself aware of these.
3. Keep cool, calm and collected.
To make an operation successful, a spy must keep their cool at all times - especially in high pressure situations. Entrepreneurs and leaders, too, must try to keep cool and maintain composure. When faced with stressful situations your team turns to you for leadership, a hysterical leader results in a workforce being frantic and anxious.
To maintain your coolness doing breathe exercises helps to control your anxiety levels.
4. Go outside your comfort zone
Field agents need to be comfortable in all situations and sometimes find themselves in places outside of their comfort zone. Entrepreneurs and leaders must be as versatile in all situations too. Stretch your limits and step outside your comfort zone, these new experiences will help you gain new aspects of yourself and help you become more capable when dealing with difficult situations.
5. Enhance your memory
Having the ability to remember huge amounts of intelligence is an important factor in any operation. Improving your memory skills could be extremely beneficial especially if the information you remember is someone’s name and what triggers them to let down their barriers for new business especially if it is benefiting them.
Ways to which you can teach your brain to memorize is by associating information with things such as images, ideas, memories. Another way is the memory palace technique, with this you imagine your home and as you walk through each room you associate images or scenes to that room and remember to think like a spy get ready to tackle the challenge of running a successful business using the new skills you possess.
Thank you for researching the materials for this article, Michael Adams. Michael is an employment law specialist focusing on employment within the United Kingdom and works with Employment Law Answered.