It’s a common belief that leaders are born not created. Anything can be achieved with enough dedication and commitment, and this is true for leadership. I see success all the time in in the food truck industry. Leaders can be developed, yet it can be confusing to figure out how to do it. Where do you start? How do you learn? And how do you determine what works within the culture of your food truck business? Leaning how to lead with confidence is a key ingredient in leading your food truck business effectively.
Unfortunately, sometimes it’s easier for a food truck owner to know their weaknesses than their strengths in order to lead with confidence.
How Food Truck Vendors Can Lead With Confidence
Want to build self-confidence in the leadership of your food truck? Ask yourself these questions:
- What do you do well? Make a list of your strengths. These items are not the same as the accomplishments on a resume or a business plan — they are what made those accomplishments possible. How will your strengths lead you to your truck’s future success?
- Why should people follow you? Look back at situations where you mobilized yourself and your food truck team to face a particularly tough challenge. Why did people believe in your ability to get things done and trust that you were the one to follow? (Outside of the fact that your staff are employed by you)
- What have you done to earn the trust of others? This question should get you thinking of what you have done to instill followers. You may have defused a conflict between two employees, or took the lead on project that no one on your team wanted or could handle.
The Bottom Line
Identification of the weakness is what makes you authentic. Self-awareness is a key to leadership effectiveness. While leaders know their weaknesses all too well, don’t forget your strengths. This can lead to an erosion of your self-confidence. It’s a food truck owner’s job to set direction and determine outcomes; that only happens when vendors feel confident in themselves.