AN ORGANIZATION GROWS TO THE EXTENT OF THEIR LEADER
A company can only grow so far as to the extent of the company’s Leader or founder. No one cares as much for the organization as much as the founder or leader therefore it’s extremely important to have the right leader in charge. There is a reason why people talk about legendary leaders like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates; they were incredible leaders. At the basic leadership level they ranked at a level 10 (on a scale of 1-10).
On the opposite end, when a flailing company is bought out, the first thing to happen is the firing of the previous CEO and upper management; which is replaced with the new leadership. Another way to look at this is in sports, when a team underperforms the first thing to take place is the replacement of the head coach and coaching staff, never the players. Leadership starts from the top and works its way down. Having the right leader in charge is vital in running a successful business as the company will grow to the extent the leader allows it to.
LEADERS (AS WELL AS NON-LEADERS) ATTRACT THE PERSON THEY ARE
Let’s be honest, most people are attracted to others with similar traits, backgrounds, age range and interests as themselves. Take a look around, what do you see? Who surrounds you? What is your staff producing? If you find that you have a problem with your surroundings then perhaps you need to take a look in the mirror. You are probably hiring people like you, whether you think so or not. You’re probably thinking, “We have nothing in common!” but if you look closely you will find the similarities. So what can you do if you don’t like the people surrounding you? Continue to develop yourself! Read the books, take the classes, take the seminars, listen to the audiobooks (and podcasts) and consciously choose the people you surround yourself with. Through this conscious and intentional growth, you will rise as a leader and choose better staff to surround yourself with, through the reflection of the person you have become. Grow as a person and watch the people you surround yourself with grow or change.
PEOPLE BELIEVE IN THE LEADER BEFORE BELIEVING IN THE VISION
Before anyone believes in the vision, the goal or the direction of your company, its important to first understand that people have to believe in you first. If the people working under you or working with you, doubts you, then that is a deal breaker. In person they may say they are with you but secretly they will not willingly follow you. They have to trust in YOU first before they can trust in your vision.
For example, when an author tries to publish their first book they usually have a hard time getting a publisher behind them. However if that author has a New York Times best seller under their belt, then publishers will have no problem publishing their second book. Why? Because the publisher bought into the leader.
DON’T CONFUSE ACTIVITY FOR ACCOMPLISHMENT
I can attest to this personally, as a child growing up, if I was not actively doing something then I was labeled as lazy. It was one of my dad’s pet peeves. This stuck with me into my adult life and if I was not active then I felt unproductive. However being busy is not the same as accomplishment, this is especially true for leaders or CEO’s. A CEO has a lot of activities on their plate but if they don’t choose wisely then they can find themselves spinning their wheels and getting nowhere. A leader must prioritize and follow the 80/20 rule; focus your time on the 20% of activities that will produce 80% of the results.
You can focus your attention on the top 20% of your customers that produce 80% of your business, attention to the top 20% of your staff or attention to the top 20% of the tasks that produce the desired outcomes. Prioritize your daily activities and accomplish the important tasks that provide you the greatest returns.
AS A LEADER IT IS BEST TO LEAD LEADERS NOT FOLLOWERS
This rule one of the most important if you want to have a large impact in your organization. Why is that? Because when you lead leaders, the leaders will lead followers and cause a ripple effect throughout the company. You will have a much bigger impact on your organization by leading leaders. Weak managers or CEO’s can sometimes have a hard time with this as it stems from insecurity. The thought process is if they give out too much information or coach their top performers too much, then the leaders will outperform them. But nothing could be further from the truth! It takes a confident person to lead leaders and when you do so the outcomes will be much greater.
Look at top Leaders such as Steve Jobs or Larry Page, they don’t meet with large amounts of people; instead they meet with a handful of them (usually the top 5 people within their company) and lead them. From that point, those trusted leaders will lead the leaders beneath them and again and again the process works it way down. This can have a profound effect on your company and you can achieve the results you want at a faster pace.
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