Business Success Secrets From 7 Top Leaders. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing Business Success Secrets From 7 Top Leaders. Fortune magazine once published an article entitled “The Best Advice I Ever Got.” It was a great article that offered wit and wisdom about achieving business success. Successful business advice from coaches, consultants, professors, managers, executives, presidents, politicians, and religious leaders helped them become effective and successful leaders.
Business Success Secrets From 7 Top Leaders
Here are seven secrets to leadership success:
Leadership is about making things happen
If you want to make something happen with your life, in school, in your profession or your community, do it. Perceived obstacles crumble against persistent desire. John Baldoni, Author, Leadership Communication Consultant and Founder of Baldoni Consulting LLC, shared this advice from his father, a physician. He taught him the value of persistence. At the same time, his mother taught him compassion for others. Therefore, endurance for your cause should not be gained at the expense of others. Another bit of leadership wisdom!
Listen and understand the issue, then Lead
Time and time again, we have all been told, “God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason”…or as Stephen Covey said…”Seek to understand, rather than be understood.” As a leader, listening first to the issue, then trying to coach, has been the most valuable advice that Cordia Harrington, President and CEO of Tennessee Bun Company has been given.
Answer the three questions everyone within your organisation wants answers to
What the people of an organisation want from their leader are answers to the following:
- Where are we going?
- How are we going to get there?
- What is my role?
Kevin Nolan, President & Chief Executive Officer of Affinity Health Systems, Inc., believes the more clarity that can be added to each of the three questions, the better the result.
Master the goals that will allow you to work anywhere in today’s dynamic business world
Debbe Kennedy, President, CEO and Founder of Global Dialogue Center and Leadership Solutions Companies, and author of Action Dialogues and Breakthrough, once shared this piece of advice instrumental in shaping her direction, future and achievements.
She was a young manager at IBM just promoted to her first staff assignment in a regional marketing office. For reasons she can’t explain, one of her colleagues named Bookie called her into his office while visiting his location. He then began to offer unsolicited advice, but advice that now stays fresh in her mind. He mentioned that jobs, missions, titles and organisations would come and go as the business is dynamic– meaning it is constantly changing. And he advised her not to focus her goals toward any of these but instead learn to master the skills that will allow her to work anywhere.
He was talking about four skills:
- The ability to develop an idea
- Effectively plan for its implementation
- Execute second-to-none
- Achieve superior results time after time
With this in mind, Kennedy advises readers to seek jobs and opportunities with this in mind. Forget what others do. Work to be known for delivering excellence. It speaks for itself, and it opens doors.
Curiosity is a prerequisite to continuous improvement and even excellence. The person who gave Mary Jean Thornton, Former Executive Vice President & CIO, The Travelers, urged her to study people, processes, and structures. He inspired her to be intellectually curious. He often reminded Thornton that making progress, in part, was based upon thinking. She has learned to apply this notion of intellectual curiosity by thinking about her organisation’s future, understanding the present, and knowing and challenging herself to creatively move the people and the organisation closer to its vision.
Listen to both sides of the argument
The most valuable advice Brian P. Lees, Massachusetts State Senator and Senate Minority Leader, ever received came from his mentor, United States Senator Edward W. Brooke III. He told him to listen to all different kinds of people and ideas. Listening only to those who share your background and opinions can be imprudent. It is essential to respect your neighbours’ rights to their views. Listening to and talking with various people, from professors to police officers, from senior citizens to schoolchildren, is essential to be a good leader in business and be a valuable member of your community.
Prepare, prepare, prepare
If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail. If one has genuinely designed and something goes wrong, the strength of the rest of what you’ve prepared for usually makes this something easier to handle without crisis and panic. One of the best pieces of advice Dave Hixson, Men’s Varsity Basketball Coach at Amherst College, has ever received and continues to use and pass on is this anonymous quote, “Preparation is the science of winning.”
Along with this are two expressions from Rick Pitino’s book Success is a Choice, which speaks to preparation. Hixson asks his teams every year: “Do you deserve to win?” and “Have you done the work?” This speaks to the importance of preparation toward achieving your final goal. If you haven’t done the work (practice), the answer to the second question is an easy “no!”
Great advice comes from many sources: parents, other relatives, consultants, bosses, co-workers, mentors, teachers, coaches, and friends. The vital point to remember is to stay open, listen to everyone, and develop your leadership style.
I hope you enjoyed that.