The lesson in this is that if you want successful results now, you must make changes right now. You might be living a successful life and leading a team who look to you for guidance, if that is the case and you want to produce more value and be a leadership example for your team the following advice is for you.
I advise my clients to study successful people. When you learn what leaders do you soon discover how you can adopt the same kinds of actions to become an even better leader then you are right now. For example, one thing you can do right now to leverage your time which would allow you to study successful people is to sleep an hour or half an hour less every night to have more time to build your leadership style and success.
If you are in business, are a consultant, or whatever it is that you do, always do more than what is expected of you. Give back more value than what you receive of your relationships and interactions with everyone you meet and interact with and you will be on the way to being, memorable.
Being a great leader is about relationship building so let’s talk about relationships. Remember when you were trying to win your lover’s heart? You might have been “competing” with three other people for the same person and not even know about those other people. The only reason you won out was because you gave more than all of the other’s in your struggle for recognition and affection. Maybe you didn’t give more money or buying more things, I bet you gave more affection, time or whatever it was that mattered the most to him or her.
Leadership is passionate so do not attempt to become successful at it by being disconnected, disingenuous, or without passion. Whatever is expected of you in that relationship, be it with your significant other or business partner, client, your spouse or your friend, you must make every attempt to do or give more than what is expected of you in that relationship because that is one of the secrets of leadership success.
I mentioned earlier how to get 30 to 60 minutes back so you could apply it to your leadership development. Remember what they say, “Time is money”. Now that you realize being a successful leader takes some effort on your part, here is the good news. You really don’t have to do or give a whole lot more; you just have to do a little bit more than the rest. That’s it.
It’s not difficult to do. But most people are just too lazy to put in the additional effort to see the results pay off. It’s like investing, you have to put in in order to receive or experience a return on your investment.
Now, let’s take this up a notch or give you what you need to get to the next level. The bottom line is this, the winner takes all. There is no second place. You either want to be the number one leader or you don’t.
Being number two or just another run of the mill manager won’t cut it my friend. I would rather put in the extra effort to get to #1 because the payoff is so many times greater. When you apply these principles and focus on making a real change in your life and put value back into the people that look to you to lead them, then they will flock around you, they will line up to meet you and be happy to support you in whatever you ask them to do next.
Do you remember who the second best basketball player is? Nope. You can remember Michael Jordan because he’s #1. In fact, as far as I know, there’s no such thing as ‘the second best basketball player’.
Who’s the second fastest runner in the world? Who knows? I just know the #1.
If you are in business, and you’re building a small or home based business try increasing the numbers of prospects you’d like to meet each day. If your number used to be 10 new contacts per day, now you would contact at least 12. By just increasing your efforts by 20%, you’ll end up with 60 new prospects a month. Now, that’s what I call exponential growth and that is what being a leader is all about.
Being a leader is not about mediocrity or being average. Leaders are never average people. Because the average person most often will not bother to do more than what is asked or expected of them. I know it’s an unfortunate fact but to most people, “always do more than what is expected of you” are mere words and they don’t put substance to it because people are greedy and they just want to do the bare minimum to get ahead, make money, or whatever their main goal is.
The next time you are with somebody, or in a business negotiation, or just interacting with another person, ask “how can I help you”… without even expecting any return. Simply being generous and treating others extremely well makes you memorable. When someone does ask you for some help and you do more than what is expected or asked of you, it will come back to you favorably.
As a leader, when you touch people’s lives profoundly, in ways that they would never forget, you become a person that they never forget. In fact, you become the person that they go back to for advice and guidance in other life scenarios that further allow you to demonstrate why you are a great leader.
So, the question comes down to – Do you really want to be a great leader? Do you think you can do more than what you’re doing today? Of course you can. The question is… DO YOU WANT TO OR NOT? You’ll have to decide on your own if that is what you truly want. If it is, the rewards of stellar leadership will come back to you exponentially, and the lives that you touch will be enriching beyond belief.