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Elevating your leadership | “I don’t care that they stole my idea…I care that they don’t have any of their own.” – Nikola Tesla

This is a team: in or out?

Business is a team sport. All top performing organizations have arrived there through a lot of work by a lot of people, never a single individual alone. Furthermore, on many teams, certain star players with particular functional (technical) skills have been know to take advantage of the environment they are in.

This behavior should not be tolerated and allowed as their attitude will negatively impact the overall organization and your business as a whole. Don’t be afraid to let some people go if they don’t meet your standards of performance and teamwork.

Talent is never enough

Talent alone doesn’t stand a chance without grit, work and determination. We all know someone who had an abundance of talent who never realized their potential as they didn’t have to work ethic needed to make that talent shine and provide value. When I speak about reaching full potential, I don’t mean money and financial gains (even thought they help), I speak about chllenging yourself and competing at the highest levels of your craft and your profession.

Stand in your own truth

Do what you believe in, even when it may not be a popular opinion. Speak what you believe and don’t be afraid to share your perspectives, ideas and experiences. Challenge status quo at every opportunity as that is how both you and your organization will continue to grow, learn and advance.

Success demands discipline

Success demands discipline. In all that you do, in order to be successful you need to be consistent and disciplined every single day over a longer, sustainable period of time.

Your top sales person should be your CEO

Sales are essential in all industries and businesses. Whether you provide products or services, you need to be able to sell and be profitable in order to at least sustain your current position and ideally grow over time. On this journey, it is essential to know that everyone has some of the sales responsibilities while the majority (when it comes to business development in particular) sits with your top leader, your CEO.

How to negotiate successfully

One of several skills that will be useful in all aspects of your life is knowing how to negotiate.

I don’t know everything

Repeat after me, I don’t know everything. Now exhale, doesn’t that feel good? Being self-aware and understanding that there’s always more to learn and experience is massive for your continued grown, education and advancement. The moment you think, act or say that you know it all, your progress is done.

You become your expectations

Expectations, standards and what you believe in will go a long way towards determining your final outcome, your performance and contributions.

Delegation is a matter of trust

Delegation is a matter of trust which is why it is essential to hire those you can trust. While true trust is developed over time, leaders should begin trusting people by empowering them to contribute to the overall success of their business.

While some folks might not be as good as you (in your mind at least) if you have to do everything by yourself and you don’t trust the quality of your staff, the question that presents itself is: why are they there then?

Don’t judge people

We have all done it at some point in life, we have judged someone else.
In every instance, that was a wrong decision to make as none of us is perfect and none of us should have the audacity to look down on another human being. Furthermore, in most cases, we don’t have all the information and don’t know why others make their choices and decisions (it’s not always incompetence). Instead, we should all do our best to be respectful, mindful and kind to other people as everyone is fighting a battle we know nothing about.