Are you a leader who wants to be great at what you do? You’re not alone. But in today’s high-velocity, high-demand world, to reach your true leadership potential, you need a lot more than great people skills.
You need these four untold secrets to build a strong and successful empire.
#1 Be Open-minded: Look at Yourself Through the Eyes of Others
One of the best things you can do is to look at yourself through the eyes of others. In other words, when you notice a problem, think of a way someone else could view it in a different light and see it as a positive thing.
To start with, this will help you see your own strengths and weaknesses. But more importantly, it will help you identify a problem in a new way, and give you a fresh perspective on the issue.
#2 Work in Progress: Don’t Fall Into a Status Quo
Most people don’t like change. They tend to resist it. In fact, we humans can have trouble dealing with any kind of change—good or bad—and are more comfortable doing things the way they’ve always been done. This is why status quo bias exists.
However, the most successful entrepreneurs are those who refuse to fall into the status quo, and instead, continually seek out the best options to drive their business forward.
#3 Don’t Waste Time: Spend Time Wisely
Time management isn’t about how much time you spend. Time management is all about how you use your time. As a leader, there is a limited amount of time in the day. The question is: How do I use my time effectively? This is one of the most important questions a person can ask themselves. If you ask this question of yourself, you’re on the road to greater success and self-improvement.
The most successful people in the world are those who can balance their workload, prioritise, and set aside time for rest, relaxation, and reflection.
#4 Communicate the Truth: Don’t Play Nice
A true leader is someone who sees the truth, no matter how difficult. The world-class leaders being interviewed all understood the importance of being truthful, even when it was painful. These are not people who are willing to play nice in order to get what they want.
It’s not that these leaders don’t like people—quite the contrary. They love people and have compassion for their fellowmen. But they’re honest. There’s no point in being nice to people if you’re not going to be truthful with them. That’s why they’re called leaders, after all.
If you want to become the best leader you can be, you need to master these four secrets. It’s not just about the outcome, but more so how you get there.
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