Learn From The Best Leaders In The World

untitledWhen you think about the world’s best leaders, who do you think of ?

What are the attributes, characteristics and qualities that make them the world’s best?

This article by ‘CNN Money’ does a nice job of answering these questions … ‘The Worlds 50 Greatest Leaders.

If you don’t have time to read the article now, do yourself a favor and save the link to read the article later.

A few highlights:

#3 – Alan Mulally, CEO Ford Motor Co.

A few highlights:

#3 – Alan Mulally, CEO Ford Motor Co.

He saved the company without resorting to bankruptcy or bailouts by doing what previous leaders had tried and failed to do: change Ford’s risk-averse, reality-denying, CYA-based culture.

# 11 – Derek Jeter, Captain New York Yankees

Never offer excuses or give less than maximum effort

#16 – Jack Ma Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group

He has exhorted employees to “think big” and “work for their dreams!” He did that himself and built Alibaba into the world’s largest online business, with some 100 million shoppers a day and higher revenues than Amazon and eBay combined.

#29 – Howard Shultz, CEO Starbucks

He understood that he was creating an experience, not selling a product.

#43 – Peter Diamandis, CEO X Prize Foundation

He makes each person understand that their role is critical to the success of their organization and in turn that the overall project is critical to transforming the world.

My leadership tip this week is to encourage you to read this article and extract the inspiration that will you help you take your leadership and your organization to the next level.

There are plenty of pearls of wisdom from these leaders; I challenge you to find and implement at least one.

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Are You Ready For The Unexpected ?

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Unfortunately there are a few people in this world who make it dangerous and unsafe for the rest of us.

I read an article about an upset customer in Kansas who returned to the fast food restaurant to complain about a mix up in their order, which led to a confrontation with another customer – a crow bar thrown – a shotgun blast – a police standoff … fortunately no one was injured.

You can read the article here if you’re interested.

This, plus the other incidents that we hear about has to heighten our awareness for preparedness and challenge our mental toughness.

My leadership tip for you this week is to have you think about 3 – different workplace scenarios that could go bad for you. In the office – on a flight – driving to work – in the lunchroom – there is no shortage of. Then ask yourself do you know exactly what you’d do to calmly divert the pending disaster?

If you do, then keep searching for the scenario where you’re not fully prepared, because there is always something out there ready to challenge your preparedness and mental toughness.

If you’re not sure, think through the solutions / actions you would take now, so in the event something unexpectedly bad happens, you’re ready.

Exceptional leaders who are good at mindful preparedness are always ready for the unexpected.

Enjoy your leadership journey !