STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Whether your small business has one or 60 employees, your leadership skills can mean the difference between failure and success.

“Good business-leadership habits may need to be learned. And when understood, they need to be put into motion,” said John J. Amodio chairman of SCORE Staten Island.

To help you build your presence as a capable leader, Amodio suggests developing these five key qualities:


Take responsibility for your actions — and lack of action. Demonstrating that you hold yourself accountable will help foster a company culture of caring about results and striving to do the best job possible.


If you don’t have a target, you won’t know where to aim your efforts and energy. Having clear goals and objectives will help keep you and your employees focused on working toward growth and success.


Leadership requires an ability and willingness to look at your business objectively. You need to acknowledge and address what needs to be improved or changed to overcome challenges and move toward your goals.


Although it may be difficult to let go of certain responsibilities as a small business owner, it’s essential when you don’t have time — or the skills — to perform certain tasks. Delegating work to others who can do it more efficiently and effectively can help you give more time to focus on strategizing and growing your business.



As a leader, what you say or write, and how you say or write it, can either facilitate unity and understanding or create confusion and frustration.

Strong leaders communicate clearly and consistently so their employees have the information, direction, and feedback they need to perform to their potential.

For more insight and guidance about leadership and all other aspects of starting, managing, and growing a small business, reach out to SCORE Staten Island to connect with a mentor.


About SCORE Staten Island

SCORE Staten Island is dedicated to fostering a vibrant small-business community within its New York City borough by providing cost-free education and confidential mentoring to both aspiring and established entrepreneurs. Headquartered at 950 West Fingerboard Road, Grasmere, in the iconic Staten Island Advance Building, the organization is Chapter 476 of the nationwide SCORE, a nonprofit association and resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). For additional information, or to schedule an appointment, SCORE Staten Island may be visited at; telephoned at 718-727-1221; emailed at, and visited on Facebook at

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