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Taking The Lead

Are you a good leader? Ask the people who follow you.

Entrepreneurship and leadership don't necessarily go hand-in-hand, but entrepreneurs who are strong leaders significantly increase the likelihood they'll build an enduring, profitable company. "Leaders have to have a clear vision and the ability to communicate that vision," says Charles A. Coonradt, president of The Game of Work Inc., a management consulting firm in Park City, Utah, and author and publisher of The Game of Work. "Great leaders constantly seek to minimize uncertainty on their teams, they have a sensitivity to the needs of their followers, and they work to bring the behavior of their people in line with the results they want."

How strong a leader are you--and what do you need to do to become stronger? The easiest way to find out is to ask the people you lead. Use the following assessment test Coonradt developed for Entrepreneur.

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This article was originally published in the December 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Taking The Lead.

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