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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Take Time to Evaluate Your Time

91187823_thbHow is your personal productivity ?

Do you accomplish everything you set out to do in a day?

Most people don’t, but great leaders do because they develop their skills to become a ‘personal productivity champion.’

One of the attributes of a personal productivity champion is the ability to crush time-wasters. If you can identify and crush time-wasters, you will accomplish more in a day.

Another attribute of a personal productivity champion is the ability to allocate their time in the most effective way.

After updating a personal productivity workshop for a client, I thought I would share these 3 – suggestions for effective time allocation with you.

1. Spend your time in a way that contributes to your goals, mission and / or vision.
2. Constantly ask yourself, “Is this what I should be spending my time on right now?”
3. Take time to plan and prioritize your day, week and month.

My leadership tip this week is to have you take the time to evaluate how you spend your time.

Are you focused on the right priorities?
Have you been procrastinating about finishing or starting an important task?
Are you leaving enough time for your family?
Are you more reactive than proactive?
Are you having fun?

I don’t have to tell you about the importance and value of time, but I’ll share these words from Michael Altshuler, “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”

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Great Leaders Prepare For Disaster

Logo1Our hearts go out to the victims and their families impacted by the recent events in Boston.

As we observe the scene unfold from Boston we see preparedness at its finest. First responders looking after victims, law enforcement securing the crime scene, officials communicating with the public, the coordination of so many different activities … preparedness saved lives and prevented a chaotic situation from getting out of control.

Let’s learn from this.

My leadership tip for you this week is for you to be prepared for the top 3 – disasters that could strike your business.

Scenarios like … losing your biggest customer – or funding gets cut-off – or a key employee leaves to work for a competitor or worse.

Don’t worry about the things you can’t control but there are 3 – important things to do:

1. Take inventory of the potential disaster scenarios that surround you
2. Review the action steps necessary to avoid the disaster – implement
3. Review the action steps to properly handle the situation if it does strike – practice

You’re probably thinking, who has time for this?

I’m thinking, if you don’t have time now … you will likely have less time when disaster strikes

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The Boss, George Steinbrenner Cared !

George Steinbrenner, often referred to as the boss, was a leader who cared. He cared about his people and they cared about him.

To many of us we saw him as a rough and tough character who treated his people like crap. Think back to the Billy Martin days – “you’re hired – you’re fired – you’re hired.”

But what I’m reading and hearing from those who really knew him – I hear that he genuinely cared about those on his team. It’s actually quite heart warming to learn what a great man he was.

My perception is he was tough alright. He held people accountable for results – and he expected results. If you didn’t deliver what you said you would, or deliver the result he expected from you, he would not be happy and you would hear about it.

Too many leaders today do not hold their people accountable for their results. They tolerate mediocrity and shy away from addressing the tough issues with their people.  Tolerating mediocrity is a leadership weakness and George Steinbrenner was not weak.

Caring about your people is different from tolerating mediocrity – Caring is all about ensuring you look out for those on your team. Tolerating mediocrity is letting them and the rest of your team down.

As a leader, I highly recommend you do what you can to demonstrate you genuinely care about those on your team. Additionally, be respectful of  their families because that’s why they work – to provide for their families.  

Great leaders do what they can to help their people be successful at work and in life. 

George Steinbrenner seemed to me to be a great businessman … but more importantly to me, he seemed to be a generous and thoughtful leader who wanted to see those on his team be successful – because he cared.

Thank you Mr. Steinbrenner for creating what you have in this world – it is a part of our life.

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