Self-help guru Robin Sharma has distilled 10 of the most valuable and practical insights on leadership that he has taught to global corporate clients like. These ideas have helped them do some great things, and he hopes that they deliver the same results for you.
Leadership. I Love that word. It makes me think of Mandela and Gandhi. Gates and Edison. Mozart and Beckham. Bono and Bieber. It’s a word I’ve passionately built the past 17 years of my life around, reminding so called ordinary people that they are called to lead. And create. And contribute. And win.
The job of a leader is to grow more leaders
If you’re not building more leaders, then you’re not leading, you’re following. Your job is to help people do work they never dreamed they could do. Your job is to inspire people to own their talents, express their gifts and do the best work of their lives. That’s part of what it truly means to lead.
Nothing happens until you move
Start small, dream huge, but begin today. Nothing happens until you take massive action. The sad reality is that procrastination is nothing more than the defence mechanism of choice used by scared people. If we actually acted on our visions, we’d become ultra-successful. And spectacular success brings responsibility, and that frightens most of us.
Your behaviour reveals your beliefs
Complain all day long and you reveal a deeply ingrained set of beliefs that you are powerless and apathetic. Present work that has typos and poor wording and you express a belief that average is cool with you. Mistreat others and you reveal that you’re selfish–and disconnected from the beautiful humanity that surrounds you.
Ideas are worthless without execution
I’d rather have an average idea that my team and I flawlessly execute than a genius-level idea with poor execution. The best leaders and organizations that win big are all about “less talk and more do”. Fewer meetings and more delivery. Less analysis and more action.
When you learn more you get to achieve more
To double your income, triple your rate of learning. Few things have served my professional career and the careers of the billionaires, Titans and CEOS I privately coach than this idea. remember that genius is much less about natural talent and much more about out-studying, out-preparing, out-practising and out-learning everyone around you.
Take care of the relationship and the money takes care of itself
Leadership is about relationships. The smartest and most effective leaders understand that the game is about people: developing teammates, serving customers and making the world better by the way you show up in it. Learn to listen like a master. Commit to being more inspirational. Keep your promises. Staggeringly great opportunities will come your way.
Respect is not granted but earned
A title, position and a large office do not guarantee people will respect you. You’ve got to earn that gift. And the quickest way to earn respect is to give it. No need to say much more.
Don’t confuse movement with progress
According to The Financial Times we collectively spend 100 million minutes a day playing Angry Birds, but most people in business are spending their days being busy. I teach my clients a whole system of tactics: start your day at 5:00am, set five daily goals and get them done before leaving the office.
Victims don’t do giant things
Victims make excuses while leaders drive exceptional results. You can spot a victim a mile away: they blame and complain and are negative and cynical. This day, and every one that follows for the rest of your life, offers a platform of possibility. And more you use your power, the more powerful you become.
Life is short so be of use
My dad often said, “Robin, when you were born, you cried while the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way that when you die, the world cries while you rejoice.” I’ve always remembered my dad’s advice and carried it with me. To truly be a leader has nothing to do with ego-stroking, applause and fame, but rather making phenomenal contributions that make the world better and cause a lasting difference. To lead is to serve and to be of use.