There’s a reason why Dave Ramsey is a household name around the country, even the world. From business owners to stay-at-home parents, he has built an empire on his business savvy visible in all walks of life. Many times, his musings boil down to two things: Entrepreneurship and leadership. When we understand what these two disciplines mean, small-business owners are able to build anything we set our minds to. Over the years, his voice has been broadcast on thousands of radio stations, and his books have been read by millions — and for good reason. There are quite a few things to learn from this eclectic mogul.

For example, when it comes to leadership, Dave Ramsey says it’s all about the details. The way we present ourselves and interact with our employees and partners makes all the difference. One way to express this, and become a better leader in the process, is by calling your employees team members instead. This allows for a greater sense of belonging and comradery in the workplace that builds people up and shelves typical power hierarchies. By letting your employees know that you are all the same in many ways, they will see work as a place to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities and not worry or complain so much about their standing. This is team unity, and successful businesses consist of members on the same team.

That having been said, there are literally hundreds more lessons to be gleaned from the staggering amount of content Ramsey has published. And while he’s no be-all and end-all when it comes to business, one of the most important takeaways is to remember what it means to be a leader in the first place. People cannot and should not be micromanaged. The millions of differences in our personalities make us successful at being who we are, and they drive us to excellence in our chosen craft. Instead of worrying so much about managing your people, you should concern yourself with serving them. Because leadership is not about power and privilege. It’s about service and sacrifice.

by: Charles Jackson,
AFEUSA President

Charles Jackson President AFEUSA