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It’s good to think differently to everyone else. It’s only by having a different attitude that you’ll stand out from the crowd. No one wants a ‘me too’ product. We all strive to have a product that’s different from that of our competitors – we know that differentiation is necessary to be successful in sales. But often attempts at differentiation go no further than external image.

Many businesses are finding that sales are good, but attracting the right people is becoming harder. So, why don’t we apply our ability to differentiate internally as well as externally? Is now the time to change leadership style?

Finding your leadership style

Is your leadership style and culture the same as the one you adopted last year? And the year before? And yet, we know that “if you always do what you always did, then you will get what you always got”. But we want to make a difference.

Maybe, instead, we should look at our business from a team member’s perspective and think about how we can differentiate between what it’s like to work for us and the experiences they would get elsewhere.

Refreshing your environment and finding your leadership style can reinvigorate the relationship with our team. In fact, pretend you were starting your business again – we all know we would do it differently. Why not be brave and change leadership style now? 

Go on, be radical. Think differently about your business. It will help you lead it into the future.

Ready to change leadership style?

Will you be brave and change leadership style? To find out how Haines Watts can help you with finding your leadership style then please contact us or find your local Haines Watts office. Alternatively, why not join the conversation by leaving comments below or on Twitter @haineswatts and share your results with us!

To find out how Haines Watts can help you with finding your leadership style then please contact us or find your local Haines Watts office.

About the author

Andy Minifie

Andy’s an experienced business leader working within Haines Watts. His strategic development of the firm whilst in the role of Group Managing Partner, has seen the business grow from a £20m turnover accounting firm to a multi-disciplinary operation of business advisors with an £80m turnover. It’s this expertise, coupled with strong leadership and collaboration with other like-minded individuals that now sees the brand as the top 13th largest firm of its type in the UK.

Having originally qualified as an accountant with a large multi-national firm, Andy worked in the UK as well as in Hong Kong, China, and other parts of the Far East with a broad range of clients. It was during this period that he developed his desire to work with owner managed businesses, who needed forward thinking proactive advice rather than just the production of historic accounts. On returning to the UK some 30 years ago, Andy joined Haines Watts as a Manager in the Birmingham office. Having opened a further office in the Midlands, he became involved in establishing several other Haines Watts sites across the country. He then joined the National Board in 1998 and became National Managing Partner in 2004, a role he held for 16 years until recently, when he decided to take the title of Chairman and return to working in the field with teams of like-minded individuals, pushing the business forward.

Andy remains dedicated to leading the business from the front and is happiest when sharing his experience with younger, enthusiastic team members.

Whilst working with groups of offices in Scotland, Yorkshire, Humber and the West Midlands, Andy spends much of his time in the East Midlands. His personal value statement of “together we achieve more”, works both in his business and his personal life.

“Despite my Yorkshire upbringing, I live in the West Midlands with my wife Kathryn, and on the rare occasions when I’m not working, I’m an avid scuba diver.”

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