The Owner Role

By: Tony Chen,M.M

Editor: Dhania Puspa Purbasari

The owner role is vital in family businesses as they make critical decisions for the enterprise’s success. These decisions include creating shareholder agreements, managing large acquisitions, debt, sale of the business, prenuptial agreements, and many others. The owners provide the overall direction and financial goals for the company, making ownership competence crucial for long-term success.

Ownership decisions have long-term implications and set the tone for the company’s future. As such, it’s essential to have owners who possess technical and inspirational skills to help the business thrive. Many family businesses have different types of owners, such as active owners who are involved in the daily operations, passive owners who aren’t involved but receive periodic updates, and hybrid owners who divide their time between the business and other activities. Inclusivity is critical to foster greater alignment and develop effective shareholders.

Inclusive ownership involves preparing the rising generation of potential owners to calibrate their level of involvement within the enterprise. Empowering them with knowledge and skills ensures they make informed decisions, aligning their interests with those of the business. Additionally, creating a culture that values transparency, open communication, and mutual respect is vital for the long-term success of the family business.

In conclusion, the owner role is critical in family businesses as they shape the enterprise’s direction, making important decisions crucial for its success. Developing ownership competence, inclusivity, and empowering the rising generation of potential owners with knowledge and skills are essential for long-term success.

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