7 Habits Of Highly Successful Startup Leaders Posted: August 28, 2013 at 7:15 am They have a daily huddle with the team. Startup leaders who share good, bad, and ugly news to their employees with full transparency are the one who’ve earned the trust of those employees. Aside from this honesty, the transparent sharing of information ensures that all team members know what they’re working toward. In a startup, this drive toward a common mission is especially important. They keep the board informed regularly. Any funded startup leader has regular board meetings, every couple of months or once per quarter. However, the most successful leader doesn’t wait to gather the board when necessary. If there’s something crucial that comes up in between board meetings, don’t wait until the next one comes up; use the collective wisdom of your board to your advantage. They’re good to themselves. Running any business is incredibly challenging, but a startup can be especially draining: a smaller team and more to get done make for a grueling career, and a difficulty toward work/life balance. With this in mind, the most effective startup founders make sure to get regular sleep, eat right, exercise, etc. They also see the clear value in taking time to rest and recharge, no different than a professional athlete’s bursts of activity intermixed with periodic rest. They maintain relationships for their life outside of work. By making your networks strong across the board, you improve many other aspects of your professional realm too: communication, openness, and empathy, to name a few on that list. By prioritizing your schedule for what matters, you’ll make sure to not miss the important stuff: weekly date night with your spouse, a monthly BBQ you’re your extended family, regular soccer game attendance for your kids are don’t-miss chances to broaden your horizons and deepen your relationships. They’re willing to walk through walls to make the business succeed. The best startup founders are incredibly passionate about what they’re building and the way in which their products will leave a mark on the world. Because they want that mark to be left so badly, they’ll do whatever it takes; put differently, they want to get to heaven and are willing to die trying. They live in a state of uncomfortable – and are comfortable with it. When running a startup, life is constantly in a state of flux – one key hire or departure can make or break a team, one key sale can set the company up for success, one flaw in the technology could be the final nail in a coffin. Recognizing this and pressing forward anyway takes a tremendous amount of tenacity. Externally, the whole world thinks startup leaders are crazy, so the best ones are able to take this extrinsic criticism with a grain of salt. They give straight-between-the-eyes feedback. This authenticity is paramount for any leader, but especially for startup founders, when, they have nothing to back them up aside from their reputation. Being honest, direct, and up front is key to relationships with team members, clients, and media. By doing this, you’ll garner respect, even if it’s difficult to do. As a startup leader, your goal is to manifest an idea into reality. By following regimented patterns for yourself and for your team members, you’ll collectively be able to reach that potential a bit more easily. Even if you’re not running a startup, take a cue from your hoodie-clad compadres and watch your business rise to the next level.