Almost all events that occur in your personal and professional life happen for very simple reasons. However, humans are genetically engineered to over-think things and hence they miss the cues from the simple incidents that led up to that event. The achiever, who continually scales new heights on both professional and personal fronts, starts by keeping things simple. It starts with getting oneself ready for success. So what are some of the secrets that will unlock your business leadership potential?
1. Perseverance. Stick with it, put in your best effort and learn from your mistakes. There may be an unseen 10-year toil behind that ‘overnight’ success you have heard about. Larry Paige at Google understands this. Over the years both Google and Larry have earned a lot of praise along with some brickbats. However through all this Larry has remained steadfast in ignoring what others say and single-mindedly pursuing the course he felt best benefited his company.
2. Never say I’ll try. It shows that one isn’t committed to the cause. Always think in terms of how it can get done and then just do it. As a leader your word should always be seen as sacrosanct. Being dependable is half the battle won.
3. Teamwork. We don’t live in isolation. A day in your life is a journey across a hundred relationships. The secret to getting what you want is to focus on delivering what others need. Focus on giving and you won’t have to worry about getting. Believe in it, practice it and preach it. It works at home and at work. All business leaders understand and follow this rule at an intrinsic level.
4. Learn to manage yourself. Be brutally honest with yourself before criticizing others. Don’t blame others for potential wrong decisions. It’s a pattern that is easy to form but tough to break. If one can’t truthfully mange yourself, then there’s no hope of managing others.
5. Be caring of others and committed to your beliefs. Max Mosely is a onetime racecar driver and more recently a four-term president of FIA, the governing body for motorsports. Through his fourty-five year association with the sport, he has remained deeply committed to improving safety in the sport. Mosley’s deep rooted belief in road safety, coupled with his persistence and drive, led to the enactment of the Euro ENCAP – a car safety and performance assessment. This was achieved despite the combined resistance of most automotive manufacturers. One can hear Max Mosley’s thoughts here
6. Always remember to say sorry and thank you. You should never hesitate to apologise when wrong and always say thank you when you receive. Count the number of times you say both every day. They should be about even. Are they? Saying sorry and thank you keeps you grounded.
The key to success starts with getting yourself in a space where you can succeed. From there on it’s all about your persistence, passion, ability to focus on giving and doing it for 10 years. There have been studies that prove to get really good at something you need to spend at least 10 years doing it. So above all, be patient.